Shots were fired in a laboratory on the premises of the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill on Monday shortly after 1 p.m. (local time), as the university and authorities announced in the evening. After an hour and a half, the police arrested the suspected shooter.
The background to the bloody deed was initially unclear. Students and employees were then warned by the university and the police of an “armed and dangerous person on or near the campus” and asked to seek shelter in the university buildings. They barricaded themselves in lecture halls and offices. There was no indication of any other fatalities or injuries. The head of the university was “shocked and sad” in a statement.
The semester in the USA started last week. There are around 30,000 students at UNC in Chapel Hill, the oldest state university in the USA. After the incident, all events for Tuesday were canceled.