A gunman remained on the loose Tuesday morning after he shot and killed a student near the University of Utah campus Monday night, prompting an hours-long lockdown and canceled classes.
Officials launched a dragnet for Austin Boutain, 24, who is considered armed and dangerous, Salt Lake City Police Department said. A woman on the university’s campus called police just after 8 p.m. saying her husband, Boutain, assaulted her while they were camping in Red Butte Canyon, FOX13 Salt Lake City reported.
Boutain then shot and killed a man during an attempted carjacking at the mouth of the canyon, police said. The victim was identified as ChenWei Guo, an international student at The University of Utah. Guo was a pre-computer science major and worked as a peer advisor at the school’s International Student and Scholar Services Office, the university’s president, David W. Pershing, said in a statement, according to FOX13.
Authorities said they believe Boutain is in the foothills above Red Butte Canyon, but were continuing to search the campus. Police said they believe the canyon will be closed all of Tuesday.
Boutain has several tattoos, including a teardrop and a cross tattoo on his face, and other ones on his neck and arm. He was wearing all black clothing at the time of the murder.
University officials issued an alert on campus around 9 p.m. saying: “Shots fired. Red Butte Canyon. Shelter in Place.” The lockdown was lifted six hours later, but classes were canceled on Halloween. Facilities and services will be open on campus, police said.