UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member killed, suspect taken into custody following campus safety alert

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UNC-Chapel Hill officials said a faculty member was killed during a shooting on campus Monday afternoon. “This is truly a tragic day for our campus community,” UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said during a news conference. “I’m grieved to report one of our faculty members was killed in this shooting,” Guskiewicz said.Police said the suspect was taken into custody following the shooting. Police released a photo of a person of interest after a campus security alert was issued earlier Monday afternoon. However, they have not said if it was the person who was in custody. They’re also not releasing the name of the suspect at this time. “We will work to rebuild that sense of trust and safety within our community,” Guskiewicz said. “Our hearts are with the family of our fellow faculty member and those who are personally connected to the victim and those traumatized by this senseless act of violence.” University police said they received a shots fired call in the Caudill Laboratories on South Road around 1:02 p.m.The campus sent an emergency notification reporting an armed and dangerous person on or near campus.The alert was around 1 p.m. University police advised all students, faculty and staff to: Go inside immediately. Close windows and doors. Stay until further notice. Follow directions from emergency responders or University officials. There was a significant police presence at the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and along South Road. Students were seen leaving buildings with their hands in the air near Kenan Labs on South Road. An area near the bell tower was also closed off. Chapel Hill campus transit buses also suspended operations. Police said the suspect was taken into custody around 2:38 p.m. All previously scheduled classes and events are canceled for Monday. UNC-Chapel Hill said it will operate at Condition 2 on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Classes are canceled. All non-mandatory operations are also suspended.As of 4:20 p.m., UNC-Chapel Hill police declared an all-clear from the scene. They do ask for students to remain away from Caudill Labs. Top StoriesTropical Storm Idalia strengthening as it moves into the GulfGuilford County deputies searching for suspect in homicide in Adams FarmWinston-Salem woman recalls attack while jogging; police charge suspectGet the latest news stories of interest by clicking hereGov. Roy Cooper issued the following statement:”My office is in communication with law enforcement and officials at UNC-Chapel Hill who 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 any assistance necessary to support the UNC community.”Cooper also issued an additional statement earlier in the afternoon on Twitter.“I have spoken with Orange County Sheriff Blackwood and Dept. of Public Safety Secretary Buffaloe and pledged all state resources needed to capture the shooter and protect the UNC campus.”Sen. Thom Tillis released the following statement:”The scenes out of UNC-Chapel Hill are heartbreaking, and something that no student, teacher, or parent should ever have to live through. Susan and I mourn the innocent life taken. We must all continue to work together to protect our schools, confront the nation’s mental health crisis, and keep firearms out of the wrong hands.”UNC students, faculty and staff can go to alertcarolina.unc.edu for updates. Campus police ask anyone seeing suspicious activity to call 911. Do not call 911 or campus police just to ask for information about the current situation. This is a developing situation. For more updates, visit WXII and our news partner, WRAL.

UNC-Chapel Hill officials said a faculty member was killed during a shooting on campus Monday afternoon.

“This is truly a tragic day for our campus community,” UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said during a news conference. “I’m grieved to report one of our faculty members was killed in this shooting,” Guskiewicz said.

Police said the suspect was taken into custody following the shooting. Police released a photo of a person of interest after a campus security alert was issued earlier Monday afternoon. However, they have not said if it was the person who was in custody. They’re also not releasing the name of the suspect at this time.

“We will work to rebuild that sense of trust and safety within our community,” Guskiewicz said. “Our hearts are with the family of our fellow faculty member and those who are personally connected to the victim and those traumatized by this senseless act of violence.”

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Person of interest after campus safety incident at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

University police said they received a shots fired call in the Caudill Laboratories on South Road around 1:02 p.m.

The campus sent an emergency notification reporting an armed and dangerous person on or near campus.

The alert was around 1 p.m. University police advised all students, faculty and staff to:

  • Go inside immediately.
  • Close windows and doors.
  • Stay until further notice.
  • Follow directions from emergency responders or University officials.

There was a significant police presence at the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and along South Road. Students were seen leaving buildings with their hands in the air near Kenan Labs on South Road. An area near the bell tower was also closed off. Chapel Hill campus transit buses also suspended operations.

Police said the suspect was taken into custody around 2:38 p.m.

All previously scheduled classes and events are canceled for Monday. UNC-Chapel Hill said it will operate at Condition 2 on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Classes are canceled. All non-mandatory operations are also suspended.

As of 4:20 p.m., UNC-Chapel Hill police declared an all-clear from the scene. They do ask for students to remain away from Caudill Labs.

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Gov. Roy Cooper issued the following statement:

“My office is in communication with law enforcement and officials at UNC-Chapel Hill who 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 any assistance necessary to support the UNC community.”

Cooper also issued an additional statement earlier in the afternoon on Twitter.

“I have spoken with Orange County Sheriff Blackwood and Dept. of Public Safety Secretary Buffaloe and pledged all state resources needed to capture the shooter and protect the UNC campus.”

Sen. Thom Tillis released the following statement:

“The scenes out of UNC-Chapel Hill are heartbreaking, and something that no student, teacher, or parent should ever have to live through. Susan and I mourn the innocent life taken. We must all continue to work together to protect our schools, confront the nation’s mental health crisis, and keep firearms out of the wrong hands.”

UNC students, faculty and staff can go to alertcarolina.unc.edu for updates.

Campus police ask anyone seeing suspicious activity to call 911. Do not call 911 or campus police just to ask for information about the current situation.

This is a developing situation. For more updates, visit WXII and our news partner, WRAL.

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