UNCC issues statement on Keith Scott shooting

Shooting, protests right near UNC Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The University of North Carolina at Charlotte released a statement regarding Tuesday's deadly officer-involved shooting.

A black police officer shot an armed black man at a northeast Charlotte, apartment complex Tuesday, authorities said, prompting angry street protests late into the night.

"As a campus community that serves as an anchor for all of University City, we grieve the loss of human life and extend our condolences to the family of Keith Lamont Scott," UNCC Chancellor Philip L. Dubois said. "We trust that city and police officials will conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his death.

"With respect to the events of last night, I can assure all faculty, staff, and students, and their families that the campus was secure at all times. We were in immediate and continuing contact with the city’s law enforcement officials and were able to ascertain that there was not a threat to our campus, our employees, or our on-campus residents. Rumors circulated via social media that an individual with a weapon was present on campus were immediately investigated by campus police and were found to have no basis in fact."

Scheduled classes and other campus activities will continue as planned, Dubois said.

The shooting happened a few miles from UNCC's campus and several protests happened right near the campus late Tuesday night.

"In the aftermath of the protest activity that followed the shooting of Mr. Scott, we have become aware of some irresponsible social media postings that have intimidated or threatened individuals or groups," Dubois said. "I commit our staff to a thorough investigation of all unacceptable behavior by any member of the campus community.

"Our first priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of the campus community. We will dedicate all necessary resources to that end."

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