Faculty member shot and killed at North Carolina State University

Faculty member shot and killed at North Carolina State University

The fall semester started in many US universities last week. The University of North Carolina was no exception, where the start of studies was overshadowed by an emergency. Read today in USA.ONE:

A teacher was shot dead in the USA

What is known about the identity and motives of the perpetrator?

A university teacher was killed in North Carolina

Faculty member shot and killed at North Carolina State UniversityFaculty member shot and killed at North Carolina State University

A shooting was reported to 911 near the chemistry lab in the center of the University of North Carolina campus around 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 28. It was reported that several shots were fired in Chapel Hill, resulting in the death of a teacher. Law enforcement officers immediately responded to the call.

According to local police chief Brian James, one of the teachers was the victim of a shooting.

"Incidents like this undermine safety and trust, which we often take for granted," — he said.

Students and faculty barricaded themselves in classrooms and dorms after police warned of an "armed and dangerous person on or near campus". Some students were seen jumping from the windows of the university building. There was no information about possible injuries.

The suspect was detained an hour and a half later, and the university campus was blocked for more than three hours while police searched unsuccessfully for the murder weapon. The identity of the deceased has not yet been revealed. The motives of the attacker are also unknown. Police said it was unclear whether the shooter and his victim knew each other.

The suspect was identified in the media as Tailei Qi, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina who also studied physics at Wuhan University in China and received a master's degree from Louisiana State University in 2021.

At Chapel Hill, the oldest public university in USA, about 30 thousand students study. After the incident, all events the next day were canceled, and the head of the educational institution in his address expressed “shock and sadness.”

The Pew Research Center provides statistics according to which 60% of US residents believe that it is too easy to purchase firearms in the States. According to the Gun Violence Archive, since the beginning of 2023, 25 thousand people have become victims of shootings in America. In the first half of the year alone, 421 cases of mass shooting were recorded, 28 of which were classified as mass murders.

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