A 46-year-old Chapel Hill man has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder after three people were shot and killed Tuesday evening at a condominium complex on Summerwalk Circle in Chapel Hill, authorities said.
Craig Stephen Hicks turned himself in to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office in Pittsboro following the shooting, which happened in the Finley Forest complex shortly after 5 p.m.
Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, of Chapel Hill, Yusor Mohammad, 21, of Chapel Hill, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh, were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The victims were shot in the head, sources said.
Investigators have not said what led to the shootings. Hicks was being held in the Durham County jail early Wednesday.
Authorities said there was no reason to believe the public was in any danger following the incident.
The shootings came as a surprise to Bethany Boring, who encountered police cars, crime scene tape and people visibly upset when she stepped out of her home to walk her dog.
"It's a very quiet community," she said. "It's a lot of graduate and professional students. You know, professional's families."
Daniel Waggoner echoed Boring's description of the neighborhood.
"I'm up late. I come home late and it's always quiet when I get here," he said. "So I mean yeah, it's surprising."
A campus crime alert from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was sent to students. The complex is located near campus.