2 dead, others injured in shooting at UNC Charlotte

  

Pictured above: An individual is escorted in handcuffs on the UNC Charlotte campus Monday afternoon – Picture courtesy of WSIC news partner FOX 46

CHARLOTTE (WSIC) – Officials have confirmed that two people have died and others were injured after shots were reported at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, WSIC news partner FOX 46 reports.

The shooting happened about 4:40 p.m., according to university officials. UNCC Niner Alerts tweeted that gunshots were reported near Kennedy Hall, an administrative building on campus.

Authorities tell FOX 46 that a suspect is in custody.

UNCC Niner Alerts tweeted that gunshots were reported near Kennedy Hall, an administrative building on campus.

“Shots reported near kennedy. Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immedietly,” the tweet read.

UNC Chief of Police Jeff Baker said they have a suspect is in custody. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said there is no reason to believe that anyone else was involved.

Two other people received life-threatening injuries and another two people were being treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to Medic.

Witnesses told FOX 46 that the campus erupted into chaos as students ran frantically to get to safety. Tristan Field, a student at UNC Charlotte, tweeted they were in class when the shooting started.

“Why would anyone do this. We were just doing presentations and someone started shooting up the room. We didn’t do anything but our work. Stay safe UNCC,” he tweeted.

Students and families were instructed to head to 8600 University City Boulevard. The campus remained on lockdown for several hours following the shooting.

CATS tweeted that Lynx Blue Line trains “will have end of line service at the McCullough Station” due to the reported shooting. A bus bridge is being put in place between McCullough and JW Clay Station.

Wacka Flocka Flame was scheduled to perform on campus at 6 p.m. at UNCC’s football stadium to celebrate the last day of classes. The concert was canceled as a result of the shooting, university officials said.

Mayor of Charlotte Vi Lyles tweeted that the community was “in shock” over the events at UNC Charlotte.

“We are in shock to learn of an active shooter situation on the campus of UNC Charlotte. My thoughts are with families of those who lost their lives, those injured, the entire UNCC community and the courageous first responders who sprang into action to help others,” Lyles tweeted.

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore tweeted he was sending prayers the UNC Charlotte community.

“Devastated to learn that two people have been killed and others are in critical condition in this shooting @UNCCharlotte. I join all North Carolinians mourning this tragic loss, praying for the recovery of those injured, and urging students and staff to stay safe and alert,” Moore Tweeted.

The FBI was assisting CMPD and other law enforcement partners at UNC Charlotte in the aftermath of the on-campus shooting.

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This story was originally reported by WSIC news partner FOX 46.

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