Two police officers navigate a building on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus on August 28, 2023, following a report of an "armed and dangerous person" on site. (Photo: Kaitlin McKeown/The News & Observer via AP)

UNC Campus Shooting Leaves Faculty Member Dead, Suspect in Custody

Caudill Laboratories, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Campus Shooting Leaves one Faculty Member Dead, Suspect in Custody.

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A shooting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday afternoon left one faculty member dead and prompted an hours-long manhunt for the suspect.

Law enforcement and first responders gathered near the Bell Tower at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. This response on August 28, 2023, followed reports of an "armed and dangerous" individual on campus. (Photo: Kaitlin McKeown/The News & Observer via AP)

The shooting occurred at the Caudill Laboratories on campus at around 1.02 pm ET, school officials confirmed. A suspect was taken into custody more than an hour later at around 02:30 pm.

In response to the University of North Carolina's campus lockdown and alert about an armed individual on Monday, August 28, 2023, law enforcement swiftly arrived at the Chapel Hill, N.C. location. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)

The names of the deceased faculty member and the apprehended suspect have not been released yet. Police have also not revealed a potential motive so far.

Shots Fired at Campus Building

Police received reports of shots fired at UNC's Caudill Laboratories at 1:02 pm on Monday.

The university immediately issued alerts advising students on campus to shelter in place and avoid the area near the science labs as a shooter was at large.

On Monday, August 28, 2023, law enforcement swiftly reacted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's campus lockdown and advisory regarding an armed individual. Their response took place in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)

Classes and campus activities were canceled for the day as law enforcement launched a sweeping manhunt to locate and apprehend the shooter.

After an tense search lasting over an hour, UNC Police Chief Brian James confirmed that the suspect was taken into custody shortly after 2:30 pm.

Reacting to a campus lockdown and alert about an armed individual on Monday, August 28, 2023, law enforcement promptly arrived at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, N.C. (AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)

During the active shooter situation, police could be seen searching buildings methodically with weapons drawn.

Students and staff were evacuated in single-file lines with hands raised as law enforcement cleared campus buildings.

On Monday, August 28, 2023, law enforcement swiftly arrived at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus in Chapel Hill, N.C. This response followed a campus lockdown and alert regarding the presence of an armed individual. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)

Video showed police surrounding a handcuffed individual matching the suspect's description after the shelter in place order was lifted.

Motive Remains Unclear

At a press briefing, Chief James said it is still too early in the investigation to conclusively determine the motive behind the fatal shooting.

On Monday, August 28, 2023, law enforcement swiftly arrived at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus in Chapel Hill, N.C. This response followed a campus lockdown and alert regarding the presence of an armed individual. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)

Police will be conducting interviews with witnesses and the apprehended suspect himself to piece together what led to the horrific event.

Two police officers navigate a building on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus on August 28, 2023, following a report of an "armed and dangerous person" on site. (Photo: Kaitlin McKeown/The News & Observer via AP)

It is also unclear if the deceased faculty member was specifically targeted or had prior interactions with the shooter. These details are expected to emerge as the investigation progresses.

Law enforcement personnel swiftly arrived at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Monday, August 28, 2023. This response followed the university's lockdown and alert concerning an armed individual on campus. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)

Weapon Used in Shooting Still Missing

Police have confirmed that the firearm used in the shooting is still missing and has not been recovered so far.

Two police officers navigate a building on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus on August 28, 2023, following a report of an "armed and dangerous person" on site. (Photo: Kaitlin McKeown/The News & Observer via AP)

Locating the weapon will be a high priority for law enforcement as the campus remains on edge after this traumatic event.

Chief James stated that police will spare no effort to find the missing weapon and ensure campus safety.

School Administration Mourns Tragic Loss of Life

In a sombre press conference, UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said the shooting has shocked and devastated the close-knit campus community.

On Monday, August 28, 2023, law enforcement swiftly arrived at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus in Chapel Hill, N.C. in response to a campus lockdown and alert regarding an armed individual. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)

He stated that an invaluable member of the Tar Heel faculty was lost in this tragic act of violence.

The school administration will be focused on supporting the victim's family, students and staff as they mourn this devastating loss and its traumatic aftermath.

Sense of Safety Shattered on Campus

Chancellor Guskiewicz acknowledged that the fatal shooting on campus has severely damaged the cherished sense of trust and security typically associated with the UNC community.

On Monday, August 28, 2023, law enforcement swiftly arrived at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus in response to a campus lockdown and alert concerning an armed individual. The incident occurred in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)

He vowed that the university will work hard to rebuild that confidence and take all steps necessary to enhance safety as students return from lockdown.

UNC Police will be conducting a comprehensive review of campus security measures and boosting vigilance after this horrific breach.

Suspension of Campus Activities

To allow time to grieve and process this tragedy, UNC has canceled all classes and campus events for Monday and Tuesday.

The school has approximately 32,000 students along with thousands of faculty and administrative staff members.

The campus is expected to conduct memorial events to honor the deceased and offer counseling services to the UNC community impacted by the heartbreaking violence.

Ongoing Investigation by Police

UNC Police will continue their in-depth investigation to establish the complete sequence of events, identify any potential accomplices and determine how the shooter was able to carry out this deadly attack on campus.

Speaking at a news conference regarding a shooting incident within a campus building, Chief of Police Brian James from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill addresses the situation. The conference was held on Monday, August 28, 2023, at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)

Besides the motive, the key unanswered questions include how the suspect accessed the weapon and whether the victim was deliberately targeted.

Police are urging anyone with information related to the investigation to come forward and contact the authorities.

Addressing a shooting incident within a campus building, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz delivers remarks during a news conference. The conference took place on Monday, August 28, 2023, at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)

University leadership is also evaluating any security gaps on campus highlighted by this tragedy. The goal is to prevent similar threats in future through appropriate measures.

Impact on Campus Community

A shooting in a place of learning like UNC fundamentally shakes the sense of peace and security cherished by students and faculty.

While physical safety can be reinstated through public safety measures, healing the emotional and psychological toll of witnessing violence on campus will likely take time and compassion.

However, collectively grieving as a community can ultimately restore the ideals of trust and unity that have defined UNC's rich legacy for generations of Tar Heels.

The shooting that tragically took a member of the UNC family has undoubtedly left deep scars. But demonstrating resilience and compassion through this painful chapter will reaffirm the university's spirit of hope and humanity.

While nothing can undo the suffering inflicted, the Tar Heel community must strive to emerge stronger than before. UNC now begins the long, difficult process of rebuilding and restoration from this devastating tragedy.


Summarised form the original article by By Sara Smart and Steve Almasy, CNN

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