Bullet found in UNC Charlotte dorm room was fired from gun, officials say suspect identified

Bullet found in UNC Charlotte dorm room was fired from gun, officials say suspect identified

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - School officials have identified a suspect after a bullet that was found Tuesday in a UNC Charlotte dorm room was believed to have been fired from a gun.

According to a NinerNotice on the school’s website, the incident happened Tuesday morning when UNC Charlotte Police received a report of a bullet found in a room in Lynch Hall, a dormitory at the school.

In an updated NinerNotice, officials said the suspect is a non-student guest of a resident student and is believed to have discharged a weapon that caused a bullet to travel through a wall into an adjoining room, where it was later found.

Although officials say a suspect has been identified, they have not released any names.

Officials say there were no injuries, and that police were investigating the incident. “There is no reason to believe there is a threat to campus,” the website message said.

“It is illegal to have a weapon in UNC Charlotte buildings, including residence halls. Any violation involving weapons on campus will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” a message on the school’s website read

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact UNC Charlotte Police at 704-687-2200.

After students heard a bullet was found on campus, some said their minds instantly went back to last year’s shooting where two students died.

“I don’t think bullets should be on campus,” said Tyler Whitney, a Biology major.

“Even though it’s not a threat, I still feel threatened, if that makes sense,” said Jannell Oakley, a junior and Math major.

Oakley and Whitney say they are still looking for ways to heal because they don’t want to feel uneasy every time they get an alert. Meantime, university officials have set up ways for students to reach out to counselors, but Oakley and Whitney say reaching out for help isn’t the hard part, getting an appointment is.

“I know there’s a counseling center, but I know that it is a long wait to see a counselor because there are thousands of students,” said Oakley.

“I’ve had a pretty hard time doing that. I keep calling them, and they keep telling me to call back,” said Whitney.

Before the school year started, the university was able to hire another counselor with grant money, bringing the total number of counselors on campus to 18.

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