On the final day of classes for the semester, students received a notification from campus safety at 6 p.m. via Twitter, warning them to “run, hide, fight. Secure yourself immediately” and to “remain in a safe location.”
Gunfire erupted about 5:45 p.m. (21:45 GMT) near the university’s Kennedy Hall administrative building, television station WBTV reported.
Video footage posted to social media showed students evacuating campus buildings with their hands raised as police officers ran past them toward the scene of the shooting.
Two people were dead on the scene and four others taken to a hospital, two of them with life-threatening injuries, Mecklenburg Emergency Management Services, an independent agency that handles emergency services for the county tweeted.
There was no word on the condition of the wounded victims. The suspect was not immediately identified by police, who set up a media staging area near the school.
The alleged gunman, believed to be a university student, was taken into police custody.
“We are in shock to learn of an active shooter situation on the campus of UNC Charlotte. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives, those injured, the entire UNCC community and the courageous first responders who sprang into action to help others,” Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said on Twitter.
U.S. Representative Mark Walker, a Republican from North Carolina, tweeted, “Absolutely heartbroken to learn of the two deaths at UNC-Charlotte. Details still unfolding, but prayers with those receiving medical care right now.”