911 caller immediately identified suspect in UNC shooting, audio shows


RALEIGH, N.C.– Police in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where a teacher was fatally shot on a college school today, got details on the suspect’s identity within minutes of the shooting, according to a recording of the 911 call.

Some parts of the audio noise redacted, however what was launched explains the very first minutes after Monday’s shooting of Associate Professor Zijie Yan inside a science structure in the heart of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Police stated they jailed Tailei Qi, 34, of Chapel Hill, without force off school less than 2 hours after the shooting.

Image: Tailei Qi makes his first appearance at the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough, N.C., on Aug. 29, 2023.
Tailei Qi makes his very first look at the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough, N.C., on Tuesday. Hannah Schoenbaum/ AP

Qi was charged early Tuesday with first-degree murder and a weapons count and imprisoned without bond. Yan was Qi’s professors consultant and Qi dealt with Yan’s research study group.

The attack and hours-long lockdown horrified trainees and professors who returned recently for the start of the fall term. A number of hundred individuals went to a candlelight vigil honoring Yan on Wednesday. Classes resumed Thursday at the flagship school.

UNC Police Chief Brian James stated previously today that a 911 caller reported shooting around 1 p.m. Monday at Caudill Labs, which was Yan’s main work place. Qi was not at the structure when officers showed up right after, James stated.

In the 4 1/2- minute recording launched on Thursday by UNC-Chapel Hill to The Associated Press, the distressed, unknown caller might be heard informing others to “close the doors and remain within. There’s an active shooter.”

” Do you have a description of him?” the emergency situation operator asks.

” I understand precisely who it is,” the caller reacts, defining Qi’s name. “And he has a weapon and he’s on school.”

The caller then explained what the suspect was using and stated “I saw him leaving the structure” in the instructions of another lab center next door.

” You can look him up on our site,” the caller stated. “You can see an image right there of him.”

Police later on launched an image of what they called a “individual of interest.”

James stated Qi left Caudill Labs rapidly. Authorities have not stated the suspect went into another structure. Qi was eventually gotten in a Chapel Hill area.

The AP sent out an e-mail asking for remark from his public protector Thursday.

In the minutes after the shooting, the caller informed the 911 operator “we require instant assistance.”

” You require to lock the school down. I see trainees strolling past this structure left and right.”

Emergency sirens started within minutes of the call, authorities stated, and neighborhood members got composed messages informing individuals to go within due to the fact that an “armed, unsafe individual” was on or near school.

” Ma’am, do not open the door unless there’s an officer there,” the operator informed the caller.

The caller stated she thought the suspect was bring a “brief” weapon.

Qi’s arrest warrant implicates him of having a 9mm handgun unlawfully on school. James stated a weapon hasn’t been discovered which it’s prematurely in the examination to provide an intention.

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