A student is dead and a massive manhunt is underway after a shooting at the University of Utah on October 30. The Salt Lake City Police Department said in a tweet that authorities are seeking Austin Boutain, 24, in relation to the attack. The victim has been named as Chinese national ChenWei Guo. He was studying computer science at the school. The call of a shooting first came in at around 9 p.m. on October 30 when students were advised to “shelter-in-place.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Boutain’s Wife Was Also Injured During the Incident
Authorities have described the shooting as a carjacking. University of Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy told the media that Boutain’s wife, Kathleen, was also on the scene. She told cops that the couple had been camping in a canyon on the east side of the school. Chief Brophy didn’t say if Kathleen Boutain is connected to the shooting but she had been injured when she spoke to investigators.
Boutain is driving a green pick-up truck with Colorado plates. He was wearing a beanie had and all-black clothing. Boutain is considered armed-and-dangerous. The FBI has joined local police as well as the Utah Department of Public Safety in the search for Boutain.
2. Boutain Has Criminal Records in Ohio, Wisconsin & Alabama
Online records show that Boutain has criminal history in Ohio, Alabama and Wisconsin. Speaking to the New York Daily News, Boutain’s brother, Lee, said that he hadn’t heard from his brother in months. Lee Boutain said that his brother a “skipped parole in Wisconsin.”
3. In the Last Few Months, Boutain Has Been Showing Off His Guitar Skills on YouTube
Boutain maintained a YouTube channel that he began in August 2017. His videos showed off his guitar skills. The three songs performed by Boutain are “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters, “Glycerine” by Bush and “Seether” by Veruca Salt. The only other video on the page shows him and his wife at an amusement park.
4. ChenWei Guo’s Friends Have Been Paying Tribute to Him on Facebook
ChenWei Guo’s Facebook page has become a shrine to the deceased student. According to the page, ChenWei Guo was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had been a missionary at the Utah Provo Mission. One friend, John Hilton III, wrote on the page, “I was shocked and saddened to hear of your passing. The power of your conversion story has remained with me ever since you shared it. I have admired you ever since we first met. I will be keeping your family in my prayers.” Here are some other poignant tributes:
The Governor of Utah Gary Herbert tweeted, “Fervent prayers for all dealing with the #UofUShooting tonight. Stay safe and follow directions to shelter in place.”
5. This Is the First Shooting at the University of Utah Since an Horrific Murder/Suicide in December 2016
In December 2016, Richard Peralta, 25, shot and killed his wife, Katherine, 23, in front of of the ARUP Laboratories at the University of Utah. The Salt Lake City Tribune reported at the time that Richard Peralta then turned the gun on himself, committed suicide. Chief Brophy said that Richard Peralta has served in the U.S. Navy and that his wife worked at the laboratory. The couple had one child together. Prior to that incident, there hadn’t been a fatal shooting at the school since June 2007 when a white supremacist prison inmate named Curtis Allgier killed corrections officer Stephen Anderson at the school. Allgier had been at the school for a back examination. He was later sentenced to life without the chance of parole.