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UArizona student found shot in parking garage near Cherry Avenue

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Posted at 11:07 AM, Feb 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 18:51:38-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Tucson Police Department and University of Arizona Police Department are investigating a deadly shooting that happened on-campus Saturday evening.

UAPD officers responded to the Cherry Avenue Parking Garage around 11 p.m. for a report of shots fired, said President Robert Robbins, in a letter sent to the UArizona community. Upon arrival, UAPD officers found a man with gunshot trauma, where they rendered aid to the victim, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

President Robbins confirmed the deceased was a student. He wrote in an email to students and staff Sunday morning that he reached out the family of the student.

"I have reached out to the student's family, but there are no words to sufficiently express my sorrow for the grief caused to them and others who were close to him. Because tragedies like these can also affect the larger community, I ask that we all provide support to our colleagues, students and friends during this difficult time," he wrote.

The suspect vehicle fled the scene and was last seen traveling northbound on Cherry, police say.

On Monday, TPD updated the description of the vehicle as a 2006-2011, red or maroon colored Cadillac DTS.

Following the shooting, a UArizona student is calling for extra security on campus.

“My roommate was like did you get that email that there was a shooting at the parking garage and I was like ‘oh my gosh’ and all my roommates and I like gathered and were like that’s scary and we’re glad that we’re safe," said Katie Fitts, UArizona math major.

She leaves this message for the family of the student who lost his life.

“I’m really sorry that, that happened. I hope that in the future the University can take some steps to ensure the safety of students,” said Fitts.

UAPD says there is no ongoing threat to campus.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.