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News Release

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March 3, 2006 -- 2:45 p.m. -- No. 119

Police investigating hit-and-run incident in UNC’s Pit

CHAPEL HILL – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill police are investigating a mid-day incident in which a Jeep drove through the common area known on campus as the Pit, injuring six people who were taken to UNC Hospitals.

Hospital officials said none of the people transported were seriously injured. Three other people declined treatment on the scene, according to police.

Campus police said they had a suspect in custody. He was identified as Mohammed Reza Taheriazar, 23, a UNC student as recently as fall 2005. Police said they would charge the suspect with multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

The initial report came in at 11:53 a.m.

Student affairs staff and counselors have been providing support to students who watched the scene unfold. Faculty, staff and students may seek counseling assistance from the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services, 966-3658.

UNC police asked that anyone with information regarding today’s incident call 962-8100.

The Pit is located in an open area surrounded by two libraries, a dining hall and the Frank Porter Graham Student Union.

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