Chapel Hill, NC:
A faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was shot dead on campus Monday afternoon and a suspect was taken into custody, according to a school boy, CNN reported.
The incident led to people taking shelter for several hours while police conducted the investigation.
Shots were reportedly fired at the school’s Caudill laboratories at 1:02 p.m. ET. Shortly after 2:30 p.m., Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz confirmed that a suspect had been taken into custody.
The suspect and faculty member’s names were not immediately released. According to CNN, UNC Police Chief Brian James said Monday night it was too early to determine the motive behind the shooting.
“We really want to know the ‘why’ of this case and what led up to it,” James said, adding that the gun used in the shooting has not been found.
“This loss is devastating and the shooting is damaging to the trust and safety we so often take for granted in our campus community. We will work to restore that sense of trust and safety in our community,” Guskiewicz said, as reported by CNN.
Around 1pm, the school had sent out an alert to students, urging them to take cover and later adding that a suspect was still at large. Later that afternoon, the university gave the all-clear.
According to the authorities, courses and campus events were canceled on Monday and Tuesday.
The school is currently in its second week of the fall semester. About 32,000 students attend the university, including over 4,000 faculty members and 9,000 staff, according to CNN.
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