On August 29, Nandu reporters learned that on the afternoon of the 28th local time, a shooting occurred near the Caudill Laboratory of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. According to the latest news on the school’s official website, as of now, the shooting case has resulted in the death of a faculty member of the school, and the suspect has been arrested. According to the information released by the police and public information, the suspect is a Chinese doctor from the school.
According to the official website of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the campus police were notified of a shooting in the Caudill laboratory at the university at 13:2 local time on the 28th. At around 14:30, the suspect was captured and is currently in custody. At around 16:15, police issued an “all clear” notice to the campus that there was no longer an immediate threat to the incident. Campus police are working closely with local police to gather information and continue a thorough, professional response.
According to an emergency alert issued by campus police at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, there are “armed and dangerous persons” in the vicinity of Caudill laboratories, and the warning says that the suspect is armed and extremely dangerous, requiring everyone to urgently shelter in place, advising faculty, staff and students to hide indoors until further notice.
In addition, police also released a photo of the suspect. According to several overseas Chinese-language media reports, the suspect is Tailei Qi from China, who studies at the university’s department of applied physical Sciences and has been working at the school as a research assistant since 2022, according to information provided by the school.
According to Mr. Qi’s social media profiles, he graduated from Wuhan University in 2015, studied at Louisiana State University, and received a master’s degree in materials science in 2021, followed by a doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said in a statement that one faculty member was killed in the shooting on the 28th and that the school has been in contact with the families of the victims. The school canceled all classes and campus activities on the 28th and 29th, and provided psychological counseling for students at any time.