University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty member was fatally shot

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty member was fatally shot during a shooting at the university on Monday, officials said. After UNC campus police issued an alert stating there was an “armed and dangerous person on or near campus” at 1:03 p.m. On Monday, prompting the closure of the campus, Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz told a news conference that the incident at Caudill Laboratories left one of his professors dead.

“I am saddened to report that one of our teachers was killed in this shooting,” Guskiewicz said. UNC Police Chief Brian James confirmed that a suspect is in custody following the incident. He said the suspect’s name would not be released as no formal charges have been filed.

According to James, the suspect was taken into custody at 2:31 p.m. Although campus police had shared a photo of a person of interest earlier that day, they did not confirm if that was the person who was taken into custody. The university sent an all-clear notice at 4:14 p.m. and lifted his stay-at-home order at 4:26 p.m. James added that Caudill Laboratories will remain closed until further notice “while evidence is being processed” while the investigation continues.


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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty member was fatally shot

“We want to make sure that we gather all the evidence to determine exactly what happened here today and why it happened,” he said, adding that it is too soon to determine the motive for the shooting. James said the identity of the deceased faculty member will not be released at this time as officials are “working to contact the entire family of this individual and provide them with support and resources.” “This is the only death and no other injuries were reported,” James said.

According to UNC’s latest alert on Monday, the university will operate “in condition 2” on Tuesday. “Due to today’s incident on campus, UNC-Chapel Hill will be operating in condition 2 on Tuesday, August 29. This means classes are canceled and non-mandatory operations are suspended,” the update read, adding that more information will be provided. it is expected to be provided soon.

In an email sent to the entire campus and in a message posted on the university’s website, Guskiewicz wrote that he was “devastated and saddened” by the shooting. “This shooting damages the trust and safety we so often take for granted on our campus. We will work to rebuild that trust and safety,” he wrote. “Our hearts go out to the family of our fellow faculty, those personally connected to the victim, and those traumatized by this senseless act of violence.” “This is a tragic way to start a new semester and the state will provide every assistance to support the UNC community,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper wrote in a statement. Read More….


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