Faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill slain; suspect taken into custody after campus lockdown

A person of interest has been taken into custody.

A member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill was shot and killed on Monday afternoon, leading the campus to go into lockdown for a period of three hours, according to the school and the local police.

According to the police, the shelter-in-place alert was issued at approximately 1:02 p.m. after reports of shots being fired in the vicinity of Caudill Laboratories.

Law enforcement respond to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus in Chapel Hill, N.C., Aug. 28, 2023, after the university locked down and warned of an armed person on campus.Hannah Schoenbaum/AP
Law enforcement respond to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus in Chapel Hill, N.C., Aug. 28, 2023, after the university locked down and warned of an armed person on campus. Hannah Schoenbaum/AP

A suspect was taken into custody at approximately 2:38 p.m., and the lockdown was lifted at approximately 4:14 p.m., according to police statements. They recommended folks to stay away from Caudill Labs indefinitely since detectives are still searching the area for evidence related to the incident.

Later in the evening, UNC Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz acknowledged the death of the individual, but he did not immediately identify the victim because the university was waiting to notify the individual’s next of kin.

During a press conference, he added, “I am devastated and saddened by today’s shooting in one of our campus buildings, a place where we conduct our important work of teaching, mentoring, and research every day.” “I am devastated and saddened by today’s shooting in one of our campus buildings,” he continued. “Our hearts are with the family of our fellow faculty member, as well as those who are personally connected to the victim and those who have been traumatized by this senseless act of violence.”

According to the announcement made by the school, all classes and events have been postponed till Wednesday.

Law enforcement respond to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus in Chapel Hill, N.C., Aug. 28, 2023, after the university locked down and warned of an armed person on campus.Hannah Schoenbaum/AP
Law enforcement respond to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus in Chapel Hill, N.C., Aug. 28, 2023, after the university locked down and warned of an armed person on campus. Hannah Schoenbaum/AP

The suspect who was taken into custody was not immediately identified by UNC Police Chief Brian James, who stated that the individual had not yet been legally charged. According to him, the weapon that was used in the shooting was not immediately discovered, and the inquiry is still ongoing at this time.

In the course of the news conference, he made the following statement: “We want to make sure that we gather every piece of evidence to determine what happened and why it happened.”

Roy Cooper, the governor of North Carolina, has issued a statement in which he says he will commit state resources to assisting in the probe.

Law enforcement respond to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus in Chapel Hill, N.C., Aug. 28, 2023, after the university locked down and warned of an armed person on campus.Hannah Schoenbaum/AP
Law enforcement respond to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus in Chapel Hill, N.C., Aug. 28, 2023, after the university locked down and warned of an armed person on campus. Hannah Schoenbaum/AP

“This is a tragic way to start a new semester, and the state will provide any assistance that is necessary to support the UNC community,” said Cooper. “We are all in this together.”

Guskiewicz stated that the incident was a painful experience for both students and faculty members, and he encouraged both groups to seek out the tools that are available at the school to assist in recovering from the event.

“The community needs to come together,” he emphasized. “Unfortunately, this kind of thing is happening all over the country.”