Students alarmed after shooting near UNC Charlotte campus

by: Elsa Gillis Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Update Sunday: Some University of North Carolina at Charlotte students are alarmed and questioning their safety after a man was shot near campus at University House Apartments Saturday night.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers were called to the scene around 8:30 p.m. after someone reported hearing gunfire.

Officers said a man was shot several times outside of the complex.

Police told Channel 9 this was not a random shooting, and they believe the victim and the shooter may have been firing at each other after an argument.

University House Apartments opened this year, but the complex is not affiliated with the school.

Some students told us they don't feel safe, but many had a difference of opinion about the need for more security.

"In my opinion the security is a little lax, I think there could be more security guards, more security cameras," Makayla Hartzog, UNCC student, said.

"They've definitely stepped up their security, security does rounds every night," Maggie Mylett, UNCC student, said.

Channel 9 checked crime stats for the area over the past six months and found seven violent crimes that happened within a 1-mile radius of the complex.

So far police have not released any information about a suspect in this shooting.

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Saturday night: A man was shot several times Saturday night near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, police said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the man was shot once in the torso and several times in the neck at University House apartments.

Police said the shooting victim was alert when he arrived to the hospital.

Police told Channel 9 that this is not a random shooting and they believe the victim and the shooter may have been firing at each other.

Many UNC Charlotte students live at the apartment complex off of University City Boulevard, but it is not affiliated with the university.

Reporter Elsa Gillis spoke to one student who said he could hear the shooting from inside his apartment, and said there were several shots fired.

Another student told Channel 9 that there is one security guard for the entire building and she believes there should be more.

“In my opinion, security is a little lax. I think there could be more security guards, more security cameras,” Makayla Hartzog said.

Police do not have anyone in custody right now.