Chapel Hill, NC — Authorities are responding to a harrowing situation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where an active shooter has been reported. Law enforcement sources told Your Content that the suspected shooter has been identified as Tailei Qi, a Graduate Research Assistant and PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Police received reports of an active shooter on the UNC Chapel Hill campus earlier today. Preliminary reports indicate that multiple shots have been fired, resulting in at least three injuries. The exact number of victims is still unconfirmed. In response to the situation, the entire campus has been placed under a full lockdown.
Tailei Qi, the suspected shooter, is currently enrolled as a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University. He serves as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department. Authorities have released a photo of Qi, describing him as a “person of interest in today’s armed and dangerous person situation.” UNC police have advised anyone who sees Qi to “keep your distance, put your safety first and call 911.”
UNC Chapel Hill is a prestigious educational institution founded in 1789, making it one of the oldest public universities in the United States. The university is a cornerstone of higher education in North Carolina and is home to a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff.
The campus remains on lockdown as law enforcement agencies continue their search for the suspect. An emergency alert has been issued, warning students and staff that an armed and dangerous individual is on or near the campus. Many people are currently sheltering in place, following the university’s emergency protocols.
Authorities are urging anyone who sees Tailei Qi to maintain a safe distance and immediately contact 911. The situation is fluid, and law enforcement agencies are working diligently to secure the campus and ensure the safety of all individuals involved.
This is a developing story, and updates will be provided as more information becomes available.