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Who is Tailei Qi? person of interest in UNC shooting

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 29, 2023. 09:37 pm UPDATED: Aug 29, 2023. 09:37 pm

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Police have identified a person of interest after an active shooter alert on Monday caused the University of North Carolina to go into lockdown. The police’s target, Tailei Qi, was apprehended a mile from the university.

All of the major media outlets aired a video of him sitting on the ground while restrained:

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Police have released a photo of Tailei Qi, a research student at UNC, as a “person of interest.” “This photo shows a person of interest in today’s armed and dangerous person situation,” the police stated in a statement. Keep your distance, prioritize your safety, and dial 911 if you come across this person.

Emergency Alert Carolina was first sent to university members at 1:04 p.m. warning of a “armed and dangerous person on or near campus” but did not name the subject of the alert. All students were advised to enter the building right away, close all windows and doors, and wait until further notice in an email from the university police.

Additionally, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools released a security alert informing students that the district would be in “Secure Mode,” which would lock down all buildings and prevent anyone from entering or leaving until the authorities gave the all-clear.

Tailei Qi, who is he?

2015 saw Qi receive his degree from Wuhan University, as reported by Daily Mail. In relation to the alleged shooting alert issued at the university, he has been identified as a person who UNC police want to speak to.

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In the photograph provided by the police, Qi was seen sporting a light-gray shirt and appeared to be of Asian descent. He has cropped, short, black hair.

On X, formerly known as Twitter, screenshots of Qi’s LinkedIn profile were also posted by online users.

He is a physics student who has been a research assistant at the university since 2022. He had studied at Louana State University before. He studies applied physical sciences for his PhD. His profile states that he enjoys hiking and running and that he has won the 800-meter race before and finished sixth in the 1500-meter competition. He also participates in table tennis, tennis, and badminton.

According to reports, a man was taken into custody and questioned by police. The UNC police informed the students that the shooting suspect was still at large after removing their handcuffs. The police withheld the name of the person they questioned.

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