Active shooter near the University of Utah, campus on lockdown

PUBLISHED Mon, October 30, 2017 - 11:27pm EDT
Photo: Suspect Austin Boutain. Call 911 if seen.

Police and other emergency services in Salt Lake City are responding to reports of an active shooter near the campus of the University of Utah, resulting in the death of 1 person. The campus is on lockdown while police search for Austin Boutain. (more)

The incident began at around 9 p.m. on Monday when officers were called to reports of shots being fired near the campus, though details about the circumstances were not immediately available. It is believed to have happened at the gate of Red Butte Canyon.

According to initial reports from police, one person was shot and killed in a car, but there was no immediate word on his identity. The scene remains active and a large number of officers are at the scene. The shooter is not in custody as of 11:40 p.m.

The suspect has been identified as 24-year-old Austin Boutain, who is described as a white male with a tear-drop tattoo on his face, wearing black clothing and a beanie with a cross. He could possibly be driving in a forest green pick-up with Colorado plates.

Police say Boutain is considered to be "armed and dangerous." Anyone who sees him is urged to call 911 immediately.

"Shelter in place," the university said in an alert. Roads in the area have been closed. University of Utah Health and the Burn Center have also been put on lockdown, but officials say that all patients and visitors are safe and secure.

We're working to gather more information.

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  Salt Lake City, UT     





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