74-year-old man arrested after shots fired on Shaw University campus; no injuries reported

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Classes resume at Shaw University after man fired shots on campus
Classes resume at Shaw University after man fired shots on campus

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Raleigh Police said late Tuesday evening that a man has been arrested and charged after gunshots were fired on the campus of Shaw University in downtown Raleigh on Tuesday afternoon.

Kamal Rasool Abdal-Rafi, 74, was arrested and charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill, four counts of felony discharging a firearm on educational property, five counts of felony possession of a firearm on educational property, one count of going armed to the terror of the public and one count of cruelty to animals.

ABC Commission Law Enforcement Chief for Wake County Kevin Lawrence said one of his officers was on campus when he heard the gunshots. He immediately took off running toward the sound.

RPD said it appears that Abdal-Rafi got into an argument with a man in front of the International Studies Building. off Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard near South Blount Street. The building houses classrooms on the first level and the King Khalid Mosque on the second level.

Shots were fired but no one was injured. Shaw workers told ABC11 that they heard five shots fired.

A Shaw police officer and the ABC agent took Abdal-Rafi into custody after a short foot chase.

Gunshots fired on campus at Shaw University in downtown Raleigh; police take suspected shooter into custody

RPD said neither man involved in the argument was a student or staffer at Shaw.

Police said Abdal-Rafi had three weapons on him when he was taken into custody. Two additional weapons were found in his car but RPD did not specify what type of weapons.

University leaders canceled classes for the rest of the day.

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