Suspect in University of Virginia Shooting Had Guns in His Dorm Room, Report Says
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A man suspected of killing four people and wounding 13 others at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, had guns in his dorm room, according to a report on Thursday obtained by The Huffington Post.
The shooting, which happened on Sunday, is the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. It was apparently perpetrated by 27-year-old James Alex Fields Jr., who was identified by police in the hours after the incident as the suspect.
Fields, an American history major at the university, had lived at an apartment complex off campus, according to the report. The apartment also was where he used to attend classes, and police have said he was carrying his gun on campus.
According to The Huffington Post, police have interviewed about 100 people in the days since the incident, including witnesses at the scene, as well as some students who were on campus the weekend.
“The investigation is ongoing, but investigators have interviewed most, if not all, potential witnesses,” Charlottesville police spokesman Sgt. Jason White wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.
He pointed the blame at Fields, and said a review of the shooting would be made “with the hope of identifying any other individuals with connections to this incident.”
A university spokesperson told HuffPost that although the safety of students remains the primary concern, the university is also monitoring the situation since the shooting may have been the result of a “possible act of terrorism.”
The investigation is ongoing “to determine the shooter’s motive,” the spokesperson said. “However, based on preliminary assessment, Charlottesville Police believe this event may be the result of a possible act of terrorism.
“That is why the University is monitoring this case closely and is providing additional support to the victims, first responders, and local law enforcement while the investigation is ongoing.”
A UVA spokesperson told HuffPost that the school is monitoring the situation and the safety of students is its highest priority.