Police seek sex offender after student shot dead on University of Utah campus

Updated Oct 23, 2018 2:31 AM EDT

University of Utah police investigating reports of shots fired and a possible kidnapping Monday night quickly found a body in a car in a campus parking lot, CBS Salt Lake City affiliate KUTV reports. Authorities identified the suspect as a convicted sex offender and were tying to track him down.

University of Utah Police Lt. Brian Wahlin told reporters the victim was a female student.

The car was near the South Medical Tower, a residential structure.

NOW: cops are swarming @UUtah campus to search for shooter. Confirmed shooting victim in a parking lot. Campus is on LOCKDOWN. https://t.co/aJ94VNWO6Q @KUTV2News pic.twitter.com/D8jft5EMW0

Students were ordered to secure in place, the school tweeted. The order included the University of Utah Hospital. But then the all-clear was issued:


Police believe suspect has left campus and is no longer a threat to campus. Continued police activity throughout the night. Please avoid the Medical Towers area. Updates on https://t.co/sMi4tPwuZ7.

The suspect was described as a 37-year-old black male. He was believed to be 6 feet 3 inches tall and about 250 pounds, wearing a gray beanie, black pants, white shoes and a white hoodie.

ATTEMPT TO LOCATE: #homicide suspect Melvin Rowland, 37. Suspect wanted in conjunction with shooting on university campus. pic.twitter.com/BLcEC5ayHp

Rowland, a convicted sex offender, was apparently last seen on foot headed away from the medical towers.

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