Chapel Hill Shooting Leaves 3 Muslim Students Dead, Shot By Neighbor

Chapel Hill Shooting Leaves 3 Muslim Students Dead, Shot By Neighbor

A little after 5pm on Tuesday, shots were heard being fired in a condominium near the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, according to NY Times. 

By the time the police arrived, three people had already died from gunshot wounds to the head — a newlywed couple and the woman’s sister.  The victims — identified as Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; her husband, Deah Barakat, 23; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 — were young university students and Muslims of Arab descent.

One 911 caller, at 5:11 p.m. Tuesday, said she heard five to 10 shots and “kids screaming.” Another, calling a minute later, said she had heard about eight shots and multiple people screaming, then a pause, and then three more shots.

Their neighbor, Craig Stephen Hicks, 47, had an ongoing parking dispute with the victims, but the police are still investigating whether there were any further motives that may have contributed to the killing. Hicks turned himself in Wednesday morning to police, and now he is being charged with three counts of first degree murder.

Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, murdered 3 Muslim students. (Image source: NY Post) Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, murdered 3 Muslim students. (Image source: NY Post)

Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, murdered 3 Muslim students. (Image source: NY Post)

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