One killed in shooting near University of Utah in western US

"It is with great sadness that I must tell you that on Monday evening, ChenWei Guo, one of our worldwide students, was killed in a senseless, random act of violence", a letter for University of Utah President David W. Pershing said Tuesday.

Authorities were searching for a male suspect identified as Austin Boutain, 24, who was considered armed and unsafe, the department reported.

However, around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Salt Lake City police tweeted, "Suspect in #homicide is in custody".

Golden police said in a statement Tuesday that 24-year old Austin Jeffrey Boutain and his wife Kathleen E. Boutain, who is also a person of interest, had been driving a green pickup truck with Colorado license plates that was registered to the victim in Colorado.

Worldwide student ChenWei Guo - a 23-year-old native of China who first came to Utah as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - had been killed in a carjacking attempt.

At least eight law enforcement agencies are on scene, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

During a press conference Tuesday morning police said Boutain is wanted in Golden Colorado for murder.

"Our thoughts are with the family of fellow student ChenWei Guo and our entire University of Utah campus community today".

Suspect in U of U Homicide is Austin Boutain, 24.

Before the shooting, Kathleen Boutain had gone to the University of Utah campus to report that her husband had assaulted her while the two were camping at the adjacent Red Butte Canyon campgrounds, Wilking said.

Authorities are scouring a canyon in Utah by foot and by air for a man suspected of killing a Chinese global student at the University of Utah.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Boutain allegedly shot Guo in the head. He had been dead for several days and his death is being investigated as a homicide. "#UteFamily", said the Mighty Utah Student Section on Twitter. They say he should be considered "armed and risky".

Classes were canceled on Tuesday at the University of Utah, where officials remembered Guo as "extraordinarily outgoing, creative, smart and extremely engaged".

Utah Transit Authority says there will be limited light rail service and that buses won't service the campus for the reminder of the night.

  • Rogelio Becker