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Faculty member killed in campus shooting at UNC-Chapel Hill

(Qnnflash) – A faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill was allegedly shot and killed by a graduate student on Monday afternoon, resulting in a campus lockdown that lasted for several hours.

The graduate student, identified as Tailei Qi, a student of applied physical sciences, was apprehended by authorities later that day. Formal charges are currently pending and more information will likely be revealed in the coming days.

The identity of the deceased faculty member has not been disclosed as officials work to inform the family of the tragic incident.

The motive behind the shooting remains unclear, but Qi’s posts on Twitter indicated feelings of frustration, stress, and depression. Over the past year, he made a series of vague posts about conflicts with other students and his principal investigator (PI), who typically guides students on research projects.

It is uncertain whether the PI mentioned in his posts is the same faculty member who was killed. Some of Qi’s tweets suggested a sense of privacy invasion and dissatisfaction with his work environment.

Law enforcement has not confirmed a direct link between these social media posts and the shooting. While Qi’s tweets expressed frustrations, they do not conclusively establish a motive for the tragic event.

UNC-Chapel Hill immediately responded to reports of shots fired by sending out an Alert Carolina message, leading to the cancellation of classes and events on campus. Students, staff, and faculty took shelter in various campus buildings while police conducted a search for the shooter.

Qi was identified as a person of interest and was taken into custody by authorities. Another individual initially detained in connection with the incident was later released.

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Chancellor, Kevin Guskiewicz, expressed his condolences to the victim’s family and emphasized the importance of unity during such difficult times.

This incident occurred during the second week of the fall semester, and classes were canceled the following day. Guskiewicz assured students of the campus’s commitment to their safety and well-being, urging them to utilize available resources.

The fatal shooting at UNC-Chapel Hill follows a recent shooting at N.C. A&T University in Greensboro, indicating broader concerns about campus safety in the region. Campus officials at both institutions are working to enhance security measures in response to these tragic events.

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