Student killed on University of Utah campus, shooter on the run

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – A female student is dead and a suspect is on the run after a shooting on the University of Utah campus Monday night.

University of Utah Police Lt. Brian Whalin said the suspect is 37-year-old Melvin Rowland.

He is described as a Black man 6’3” tall and 250 lbs. He was reportedly wearing a gray beanie, black pants, white shoes, and a white hoodie. Police said he was last seen on foot leaving northbound from the medical towers.

The shooting happened just before 9 p.m. A campus alert was sent out advising all students and staff to shelter in place. 

Police said the female student had some type of dispute with Rowland and at some point, shots were fired. Officers later found the woman dead in a vehicle.

Multiple agencies responded to campus to help search for Rowland. Officers are canvassing the immediate area, all of the campus and the surrounding area looking for Rowland. 

The shelter-in-place for the campus was lifted at 11:50 p.m. Police said they believe he has left the campus and is no longer a threat to campus. Police say there will be continued police activity throughout the night. Students and staff are asked to avoid the Medical Towers area. 

Governor Gary Herbert shared his condolences following the shooting. “My heart goes out to all who have been dealing with the tragic #UofUShooting tonight. Stay safe, and please follow the instructions that come thru,” he said in a tweet. 

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