University Campus on Alert After Student Found Dead From Shooting, Carjacking

October 31, 2017Oct 31, 2017

One person has been found dead after a shooting at the University of Utah. The shooting forced the campus to go into lockdown for several hours, beginning Monday night and entering into Tuesday morning. 

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that police are currently searching for 24-year-old Austin J. Boutain. He has been described as a white male with a white teardrop tattoo on his face underneath his eye. He also has tattoos on his neck and arm, and was last seen wearing black clothing, a beanie, and driving a forest green truck.

Authorities warn that the killer is armed and dangerous. But they are still working to make sure that the campus is safe for everybody who lives there.

Apparently, the man is married and was camping with his wife immediately before the incident. At around 8:15 p.m. on Monday, the wife of the killer came to the campus and reported that her husband had assaulted her while they were camping nearby. During the time that she was being treated for an injury just before 9 p.m., the woman's husband killed a person in a carjacking at the mouth of the nearby canyon.

ChenWei Guo was the victim of this shooting. He was a 23-year-old international student attending the university. It is not yet clear whether he was alone in the vehicle. A news conference was announced for 10 a.m. about the shooting. 

Authorities have been searching for the killer. The hunt for Boutain first began in an area east of Mario Capecchi Drive. That area of campus includes the university's main residence halls, medical complex and research buildings, and more. This area of campus was on lockdown until 3 a.m. 

On top of that, at least eight agency — including the FBI — and hundreds of officers from the surrounding area responded to the scene. The search quickly began and included both officers on foot and via helicopter. Authorities now believe that the suspect is hiding in the foothills above Red Butte Canyon, but they still continue to search the campus, in case he is still hiding there. 

Classes throughout campus have been canceled. And the school is mourning the loss of ChenWei, who was a promising student with a bright future. According to ABC News, the university has described the killing as a "senseless, random act of violence."

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