LUMBERTON, N.C. – Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a former UNC-Pembroke student near the campus in Robeson County. The shooting occurred near a university apartment complex just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, prompting a response from campus police.
Officials reported that no shooter or victim was found at the scene, but shell casings were located. Tragically, the victim passed away before they could be airlifted to the hospital for treatment.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting have not been disclosed by officials. As a result, classes before 11 a.m. on Thursday were canceled, and the university made mental health resources available to the campus community.
Further details about the victim and the events leading up to the shooting have not been released. The Pembroke Rescue Squad indicated that a gunshot victim was dropped off at a church across the street from the campus.
The incidents have prompted a joint investigation by campus police, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, and the State Bureau of Investigation. Authorities are working to determine the connection between the two incidents and gather any pertinent information related to the case.
This tragic event has undoubtedly shaken the UNC-Pembroke community, and authorities are urging anyone with information about the shooting to come forward. As the investigation continues, the university is focusing on providing support and resources to those affected by this devastating incident.