Suspect In Campus Shooting Death Of University Of Utah Student Is Dead


Tuesday, October 23rd 2018, 5:49 am
By: News 9


A convicted sex offender being sought after a University of Utah student was gunned down on campus Monday night apparently shot himself to death in a nearby church, CBS Salt Lake City affiliate KUTV reports. The station says police investigating reports of shots fired and a possible kidnapping Monday night quickly found a body in a car in a campus parking lot.

University of Utah Police Lt. Brian Wahlin told reporters the victim was a female student.

The car was near the South Medical Tower, a residential structure.

Students were ordered to secure in place, the school tweeted. The order included the University of Utah Hospital. But then the all-clear was issued:

Morning and evening classes were canceled.

The suspect was described as a 37-year-old black male. He was believed to be 6 feet 3 inches tall and about 250 pounds, wearing a gray beanie, black pants, white shoes and a white hoodie.

University of Utah Police Lt. Brian Wahlin told reporters the victim was a female student.

The car was near the South Medical Tower, a residential structure.

NOW: cops are swarming @UUtah campus to search for shooter. Confirmed shooting victim in a parking lot. Campus is on LOCKDOWN. https://t.co/aJ94VNWO6Q @KUTV2News pic.twitter.com/D8jft5EMW0

— Jeremy Harris (@JeremyHarrisTV) October 23, 2018

Students were ordered to secure in place, the school tweeted. The order included the University of Utah Hospital. But then the all-clear was issued:

SECURE-IN-PLACE LIFTED FOR CAMPUS

Police believe suspect has left campus and is no longer a threat to campus. Continued police activity throughout the night. Please avoid the Medical Towers area. Updates on https://t.co/sMi4tPwuZ7.

— University of Utah (@UUtah) October 23, 2018

Morning and evening classes were canceled.

The suspect was described as a 37-year-old black male. He was believed to be 6 feet 3 inches tall and about 250 pounds, wearing a gray beanie, black pants, white shoes and a white hoodie.

ATTEMPT TO LOCATE: #homicide suspect Melvin Rowland, 37. Suspect wanted in conjunction with shooting on university campus. pic.twitter.com/BLcEC5ayHp

— Univ of Utah News (@UofUNews) October 23, 2018

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