1 dead in shooting at University of Utah

1 dead in shooting at University of Utah

The University of Utah was on lockdown for a nearly two hours late Monday night after a female student was fatally shot on the Salt Lake City campus.

Students were told to “secure in place” at 9:56 p.m. local time. That lockdown was eventually lifted around 11:47 p.m.

KSL-TV and the Salt Lake Tribune reported that authorities confirmed a female student was found dead in a vehicle on the campus. The university later confirmed the unidentified student’s death in a tweet.

Police are seeking to locate Melvin Rowland, 37, in connection with the shooting. They said he had a previous relationship with the victim, but was not a student himself, according to media reports.

Rowland is described as a black male, 6 foot 3 inches tall, weighing 250 pounds and wearing a gray beanie, black pants, white shoes and a white hoodie.

He was last seen leaving the Medical Plaza Towers, high-rise apartments located near the school’s University Medical Center, northbound on foot, according to officials. When the campus lockdown was lifted, police tweeted that they believed the suspect had left the area and was no longer a threat to the campus.

The Tribune reported that Rowland is a registered sex offender who was convicted of attempted forcible sex abuse and enticing a minor over the internet in 2004.

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There was no other immediate information available about the shooting or the identity of the victim.