Police: Parking dispute motivated university shooting

2015-02-11 22:11
(The News & Observer, Al Drago, AP)

(The News & Observer, Al Drago, AP)

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Chapel Hill - An ongoing parking dispute between neighbours sparked the shooting deaths of three family members at a quiet condominium complex near the University of North Carolina campus, police said Wednesday.

Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the Tuesday shooting, Chapel Hill police said. He is being held at the Durham County Jail and was expected to make a first court appearance on Wednesday morning.

Police say Hicks is cooperating, and that their preliminary investigation showed that the parking dispute was the motive.

The victims were identified as Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

Barakat and Mohammad were married, and Abu-Salha was Mohammad's sister, according to UNC.

Barakat was a second-year dental student there, and Yusor was scheduled to begin dental studies in the fall.

Both had graduated from North Carolina State University, school spokesperson Mick Kulikowski said. Barakat graduated with a business administration degree in the spring of 2013. Mohammad graduated in December with a biological sciences degree.

Abu-Salha was a second-year design major who had started classes last fall, Kulikowski said.

The neighbourhood where they were found - immediately east of campus - consists mostly of apartments and condominiums rented by students.

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