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U. Student killed on campus, police search for suspicious shooter

UPDATE: All Tuesday courses have been canceled, University officials were confirmed in a tweet . Campus services and its facilities…

UPDATE: All Tuesday courses have been canceled, University officials were confirmed in a tweet . Campus services and its facilities will remain open.




SALT LAKE CITY – A woman was shot and killed at the University of Utah campus on Monday night , which led to a shutdown when the police were looking for the suspected shooter.

The police were looking for 37-year-old Melvin Rowland, described as 6 feet 3 inches long, 250 pounds and said he had a gray beanie, black pants, white shoes and a white hoodie.

Rowland was last seen and left the medical tower north on foot, officials said. The police said there was an earlier relationship between Rowland and the woman, who was not immediately identified.

The woman was a student at U., according to the police, but Rowland is not.



Police said they talked about the shot at around 9 o’clock They thought Rowland and the woman had someone form of dispute when they were on campus, but details of the dispute were not immediately available.

A student who identified himself as Anthony said he was on campus when he heard four to six quiet shots.

“When the bulkheads were fired, I was in the garage next to the parking lot, and I went for a walk and I heard the shots and I looked out the window,” said the student.

Police work near the South Medical Tower at the University of Utah campus when they search for a firefight in Salt Lake City on Monday, October 22, 2018. (Image: Kristin Murphy, KSL)

“The shot was really quiet for shot but it was so I was not 100 percent sure they were shot. As I looked out at the parking lot, I saw a man who matched the description between the garage and the parking lot and then ducked behind the wall to be sure. “

Tyler Olsen, an MBA- student, described watching the police arrive on stage.

“It was very scary to look out the window and see. I saw 15 to 20 police officers where we stood right now,” said Olsen. “I mean you’re in your home, but nowhere is feeling safe at that moment.”

Students and staff on campus were asked to secure on-site police from several agencies searched for Rowland late on Monday evening. The lock was lifted around 11:50 when officials said they believed Rowland had left campus.

A young woman looks like a window in the south The medical tower that students and staff are instructed to protect themselves while the police are looking for a murder suspect at the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on Monday, October 22, 2018. (Photo: Kristin Murphy, KSL) 19659017] Students on campus went on Twitter to express their anxiety while school was locked and buzzing with police activity.

“Last year I was a senior in high school and heard of the shot … Today I’m e A freshmen at # UniversityOfUtah and I’m on the lockdown … I really hope it will not be in the radio “, Twitter user Ashley Jimenez tweeted.

“# UniversityofUtah Second Shot of One Year, I’ve been to college for just under three months and I’m on the lockdown from a shoot right above my dorm. Sufficiently, #GunControlNow,” wrote Kendall Jo Smith-Williams.

“Last year, when I was in DC, I got the text on shooting at #UniversityofUtah. I felt helpless. This year I’m at home, about 30 minutes from campus. I still feel helpless. I can do is to contact friends and make sure they are safe, “wrote Frances Floresca.



Gov. Gary Herbert tweeted late monday night “My heart goes out to anyone who has been dealing with the tragic #UofUShooting tonight.”

Students and family members were directed to highalert.utah.edu for updates about the situation.

The shot comes just a few days before the anniversary of the student’s death ChenWei Guo, shot and killed on campus by a driver who tried to steal his car and kidnap a woman with him on October 30, 2017. The shot launched a massive manhunt on campus and in the foot above school as the police searched for Austin “AJ” Boutain, arrested the next day at the Salt Lake Main Library.

Contributing : Ashley Kewish

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