2 dead in North Carolina campus shooting
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.”