An international student was shot dead near the University of Utah Monday night and the gunman is at large. Police suspect Austin Boutain, 24, fatally shot ChenWei Guo, a student from China, during an attempted carjacking NBC affiliate KSL TV reported.
Shortly after 9 p.m. Boutain allegedly shot Guo in the head. Students were advised to “Shelter in Place” after the shots were fired. Boutain's wife was injured. She showed up on the campus, claiming that her husband assaulted her while they camped out near the school. According to the New York Daily News, it is unclear if the alleged assault was linked to the carjacking and shooting.
As police search for Boutain, classes have been cancelled for students.
"I wouldn’t call it an active shooter situation, but there is still a suspect who’s armed and dangerous that we would like to take into custody," said Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer, according to KSL.
Boutain was last seen in black clothing and a beanie. He has a cross tattoo on his face and may have also been driving a forest green pick-up truck with a Colorado license plate, according to the school. The University of Utah has asked that anyone with information on him or his whereabouts to call 801.585.2677 or 911.
The Department of Public Safety dispatched a helicopter crew to assist the University of Utah Police. The FBI is also participating in the manhunt.
In a statement, University President David W. Pershing stated that Guo was a pre-computer science major who worked as a peer advisor in the International Student and Scholar Services Office.
"We have been in contact with ChenWei’s family in China and they are understandably devastated by the loss of their son. We are working to bring them to Utah as soon as possible and will offer them all the assistance we can," Pershing said in a statement.
[Photos: Facebook, Salt Lake City Police]
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