2 dead in North Carolina cam­pus shoot­ing

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Two peo­ple died and four oth­ers were hurt in a shoot­ing Tues­day afternoon in a build­ing on the University of North Carolina at Char­lotte cam­pus, po­lice said.

One per­son was ar­rested in the shoot­ing, po­lice said. Three of the four in­jured are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, UNCC po­lice said at a news con­fer­ence.

About 7:30 p.m., Char­lotte-Meck­len­burg Po­lice tweeted that the “scene was se­cure” and that they had one per­son in cus­tody.

“No rea­son to be­lieve anyone else in­volved,” po­lice tweeted.

Po­lice had not of­fi­cially named the sus­pect or the vic­tims late Tues­day, and the shooter’s mo­tive was not known.

Two or three cam­pus po­lice of­fi­cers quickly en­tered the build­ing where shots were re­ported at about 5:42 p.m. and took a sus­pect into cus­tody, Jeff Baker, chief of the UNCC Po­lice and Pub­lic Safety De­part­ment, said at a news con­fer­ence late Tues­day. “He never had time to get out of the room.”

The call re­ported a sus­pect “armed with a pis­tol” who had shot sev­eral stu­dents, Baker said.

“He (was) not some­body on our radar,” Baker said of the accused shooter.

Baker said he didn’t know how many stu­dents were in the area where the gun­fire erupted. He de­clined to say if the sus­pect tar­geted cer­tain stu­dents or fired at ran­dom.

Of the quick re­sponse by cam­pus po­lice, Baker said: “We train to go to the sound. Those of­fi­cers are trained to do that, and you can see (that train­ing) is im­por­tant to do. I’m not sure about him be­ing an ac­tive shooter, but our of­fi­cers’ ac­tions def­i­nitely saved lives ... When we heard this call go out, ev­ery­one con­verged im­me­di­ately.”

Baker said he en­tered the build­ing right af­ter the first two or three cam­pus of­fi­cers did. CMPD of­fi­cers also quickly re­sponded to as­sist cam­pus po­lice, he said.

Tues­day was the last day of classes.

Af­ter shots rang out, cam­pus of­fi­cials urged ev­ery­one in a tweet to “Run, Hide, Fight. Se­cure your­self im­me­di­ately.”

“AC­TIVE AS­SAILANT,” warned the university’s web­site.

The university first tweeted about the in­ci­dent just be­fore 6 p.m. Shots were re­ported near the Kennedy build­ing on cam­pus, ac­cord­ing to the tweet. .

In a se­cond tweet, at about 6:25 p.m., university of­fi­cials said a cam­pus lock­down con­tin­ued. “Re­main in a safe lo­ca­tion. Mon­i­tor email and UNCC home­page,” the tweet ad­vised.

In a third alert, the university’s of­fice of emergency man­age­ment said “build­ings be­ing swept by law en­force­ment. Law en­force­ment is in­di­vid­u­ally sweep­ing build­ings on cam­pus. Fol­low of­fi­cer com­mands.”

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