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One dead in shooting near University of Utah campus, cops search for suspect

The university sent an alert at 9 pm to students and staff to shelter in place. People on campus remained on lockdown hours later.

world Updated: Oct 31, 2017 11:38 IST
Associated Press, Salt Lake City
Campus shooting,University of Utah,Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City police posted on Twitter that officers were searching nearby Red Butte Canyon for 24-year-old Austin Boutain, who is suspected in the shooting. He is considered armed and dangerous.(Twitter/@slcpd)

Police said one person died after a shooting near the University of Utah campus on Monday night.

The Deseret News reports that the university sent an alert at 9 pm to students and staff to take shelter and remain inside campus. People on the campus remained on lockdown hours later.

Salt Lake City police posted on Twitter that officers were searching nearby Red Butte Canyon for 24-year-old Austin Boutain, who is suspected in the shooting. He is considered armed and dangerous.

At least eight law enforcement agencies are on the scene, including the FBI. A helicopter was assisting the search.

Salt Lake City Police Sgt Brandon Shearer said officers were not immediately releasing the victim’s gender or other details.

Utah Transit Authority said there will be limited light rail service and that buses won’t service the campus for the rest of the night.

First Published: Oct 31, 2017 11:37 IST