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Texas police shoot student dead amid more gun violence

14 December 2015 10:20


A US policeman in the state of Texas has shot and killed a student suspected of vandalism, amid more deadly gun violence in the country.

According to president of the University of North Texas (UNT), the officer shot dead the axe-wielding student suspected of knocking out car windows early on Sunday.

No one else was hurt.

The dead young man was later identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner as Ryan McMillan, 21, who died at a hospital.

“This is a tragic event that saddens us as a university community,” said the school president. “We offer our condolences to the individuals, their families and all involved.”

UNT is located in Denton, Texas, near Dallas and has about 37,000 students, according to its website.

More gun violence in America

Meanwhile, one person has been killed and three others have been injured in a shooting in front of a downtown Los Angeles hotel also early on Sunday.

Police say the shooting occurred at about 2:20 a.m. (1020 GMT) at the Standard Hotel. They did not however release the gender of the victim or any information on what prompted the shooting.

“There was an altercation of some kind,” police said, noting four people were taken to hospital where one died.

The three others are in stable condition.

No one has been arrested and the investigation continues.

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