Chapel Hill police officers investigate the scene of shooting 3 confirmed dead near Summerwalk Circle in Chapel Hill. pic.twitter.com/au4fxAZYnm— Al Drago (@Al_Drago) February 11, 2015
Three people, reportedly Muslim students, were shot to death on Tuesday night near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
While updates on the incident are still coming in, the three victims have been identified as Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.
The shooting occurred shortly after 5 p.m., WRAL reported. Responding to reports of gunshots, the police arrived and found the three victims dead at the crime scene.
The alleged gunman has turned himself in to police, according to News Observer.com:
“Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, is being held in the Durham County Jail on three counts of first-degree murder.”
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The Chapel Hill Police Department stated in a news release it was looking into the case and “has reason to believe that there is no ongoing threat to the public.”
A man pleading for information about his son was also spotted at the scene.
Speculations have emerged that the shooting could possibly be a hate crime - though it has not been confirmed.
As of the time of writing, it has been almost nine hours since the incident and the lack of media coverage has prompted outrage online.
Wow that's crazy I'm just finding out about the UNC shooting, let those be white students the media would've been all over it— LYKE (@Scolyke) February 11, 2015
The shooter who killed 3 Muslims at UNC was not racist, just mentally ill. You heard the bullshit here first. #ChapelHillShooting— Hamza Mussé (@hamzamusse) February 11, 2015
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