2 killed, 4 injured in University of North Carolina shooting on last day of classes
Shots were fired near the Kennedy building on the UNCC campus on Tuesday afternoon around 4:40pm and the campus was temporarily locked down in response, with the school issuing an alert advising students to remain in a safe location. As police swept the remaining buildings on the campus, students were released to reunite with parents or family members at a designated location.
NinerAlert: Shots reported near kennedy. Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately. Monitor email and https://t.co/LxOefV3rbf— UNCC OEM (@NinerAlerts) April 30, 2019
Numerous emergency vehicles responded to the scene.
Two patients were dead on arrival and three more were in critical condition, according to police. Six victims in total were taken to to area hospitals.
BREAKING VIDEO: Large police presence seen outside building of reported shooting at the University of North Carolina Charlotte; multiple people reportedly injured pic.twitter.com/3bOCSk933G— News Breaking LIVE (@NewsBreaking) April 30, 2019
Tuesday was the last day of classes and a concert was scheduled for the evening.
NOW: we’re on campus police telling students to freeze and out hands up. Police then ran towards the woods with guns drawn. pic.twitter.com/tVrbIXyvdO— Drew Bollea (@Drew_WCCB) April 30, 2019
Videos retweeted by local media show students running and walking away from the building where the shooting occurred and police running toward the building, as well as a high concentration of emergency vehicles, including helicopters flying overhead.
UNCC Shooter being taken away, hope everyone is safe pic.twitter.com/l7QsgUtwbS— Katherine Lopez (@K_lopez94) April 30, 2019
A video posted by a student shows police leading an individual believed to be the shooter away.
Last year, a UNCC student was arrested and committed to a hospital after telling a doctor that he “could not wait to buy a gun and shoot the university up” and discussing an “explicit detailed plan…about killing and harming [UNCC] students and staff,” according to campus police. A search of his room turned up a copy of the school’s emergency response guide, with the section on dealing with active shooters attached to the wall – but no weapons. The student was banned from entering the campus.
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