Mayor responds to shooting near school

Chahnaz Kebaier taken from her LinkedIn profile

May 28, 2012 2:20:54 PM PDT
The Chapel Hill Police Department was praised by Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt on Saturday for quickly restoring order after a chaotic situation left one woman dead, one man in police custody, and a community unnerved.

"We are in shock and grieve for the loss of a resident, and for the family, friends and acquaintances of Chahnaz Kebaier, said Kleinschmidt. "Our prayers go up for them and the entire Scroggs School Family. We are deeply saddened and are very sorry this happened. I want to thank Chief Chris Blue and the entire Chapel Hill Police Department for their fast action to restore safety and security to our community."

Forty-year-old Chahnaz Kebaier was shot Friday afternoon in the carpool lane of Mary Scroggs Elementary School located in the Southern Village community of Chapel Hill.

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Kebaier was taken to UNC hospitals where she later died after being shot multiple times in the head and body.

Authorities identified the alleged shooter as 49-year-old Ali Cherfaoui, of Carrboro.

Chief Blue said his officers stopped Cherfaoui in a car headed north on Hwy 15-501 at Raleigh Road and took him into custody.

Cherfaoui has been charged with murder on Friday and was being held in the Orange County Jail without bond.

Police said the incident is believed to be related to an ongoing domestic dispute between Cherfaoui and Kebaier.

Through social media, Eyewitness News learned the pair lived together in New York and Philadelphia.

From the social media, career site LinkedIn, it seems Kebaier was a researcher at UNC's Infectious Disease Center.

She lived in the Southern Village community.

By late Friday, police released the 911 calls from eyewitnesses who were in close proximity to the shooting.

Listen to the first 911 call here (.wav).

Listen to another 911 call here (.wav).

Meanwhile, parents said they were left shaken after arriving to a chaotic scene at the school.

"I think this is the first time I've ever dealt with something like this," said parent Stephanie Burgess. "It's always not in my neighborhood, not in my school. I guess it can happen anywhere."

The school was on lockdown for about an hour until the all-clear was given. Police said no students or staff were injured.

A support team will be at the school on Monday morning and all day Tuesday to help any child or adult cope with the situation.

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