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UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member killed in campus-lockdown shooting

A faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was killed Monday in a shooting that prompted a campus-wide lockdown as authorities searched for an ‘armed and dangerous person’, officials said. university officials.

A suspect was captured about an hour and a half after the shooting at Caudill Laboratories, and a clear alert was issued for the campus about two hours later.

No other injuries were reported, school officials said during a press briefing on Monday afternoon.

“I am devastated and saddened by today’s shooting at one of our buildings on campus, a place where we carry out our important work of teaching, mentoring and research every day,” said Chancellor of UNC, Kevin M. Guskiewicz, in a letter to the university community. “This shooting undermines the trust and safety that we so often take for granted on our campus. We will work to rebuild that trust and safety.”

The university first alerted students to an armed and dangerous person on or near campus shortly after 1 p.m.

At 2:24 p.m., the university issued an alert to shelter in place as a suspect was on the loose. Video from the campus showed a heavy police presence.

When campus police released a photo of a person of interest at 2:35 p.m., they warned, “If you see this person, keep your distance, put your safety first and call 911.”

The school announced at 3:14 p.m. that all classes and events had been canceled on Monday.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said in a statement that officials are “taking precautions to protect campus safety following today’s shooting.”

“This is a tragic way to start a new semester and the state will provide whatever assistance is needed to support the UNC community,” Cooper said.

No one from the university was immediately contacted Monday afternoon for further comment.

FBI officials in Charlotte said the federal agency was assisting local law enforcement.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


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