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Faculty Member Dead after Shooting at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


A shooting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has left a faculty member dead and a campus paralyzed with fear. The campus was on lockdown for over two hours after reports were made of shots being fired.

The perpetrator has been taken into custody and identified as Tailei Qi, a UNC doctoral student.

Shortly after 1 p.m., the university transmitted an alert stating, “Emergency: Armed, dangerous person on or near campus. Go inside now; avoid windows.”

A massive police presence, including about 50 police vehicles and numerous helicopters, descended upon the campus in response to the gunfire. Law enforcement detained the shooter by 2:31 p.m. before giving the all-clear around 4:20 p.m. after authorities verified the identity of the assailant.

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Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools were forced to go into lockdown due to the incident at the university.

It is not yet known if the shooter and the victim knew each other. The weapon used in the shooting has not yet been located. The suspect’s motive for committing the act is unknown as of now.

Aiden Scott, a UNC graduate student and former classmate of the gunman stated, “I would have never guessed that he would be the kind of person who could possibly be capable of this kind of thing. Every single time he talked to me he seemed nice. When I saw his face in the reports online, I was beyond shocked.”

UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz stated at a press conference Monday evening, “I am grieved to report that one of our faculty members was killed in this shooting. We are waiting for confirmation that the next of kin has been contacted before we share more information.”

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis released a statement saying, “The scenes out of UNC-Chapel Hill are heartbreaking, and something that no student, teacher, or parent should ever have to live through. 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.”

The university has canceled classes for Tuesday.


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