Charlotte: At least two people were killed and four others injured in a shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Gunshots were heard about 5.45 PM (local time) near the University’s Kennedy Hall administrative building.
As per local media reports, a suspect believed to be a student at the school was taken into custody following the shooting which occurred on the last day of the academic year at the University. The final exams were scheduled for next week.
“Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately,” the University said on Twitter shortly before 6 PM. The University took to its official website later and said the campus was on lockdown and that students and staff should “remain in a safe location.”
“We are in shock to learn of an active shooter situation on the campus of UNC Charlotte. My thoughts are with the 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,” said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles.
A video that emerged later was posted on the social media showed students evacuating campus buildings with their hands raised as police officers ran past them toward the scene of the shooting.
According to its website, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte enrols more than 26,500 students and employees 3,000 faculty and staff.