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UNC police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide early Monday morning at the James T. Hedrick Building on Friday Center Drive about three miles from the main campus.
Campus police received a call at 7:41 a.m. reporting shots being fired near the Hedrick Building, which houses administrative offices for the UNC Health Care system. Officers found two individuals dead in the adjacent parking area, the victims of gunshot wounds.
The victims were identified as Shennel R. McCrimon McKendall, 37, and Randy Leverne McKendall, 34, both of the same address in Pittsboro. The victims were married and reportedly estranged. Police said that Shennel McKendall was reporting to work at the Hedrick Building employment office and, as she was walking to the building, an altercation ensued with Randy McKendall.
Randy McKendall then allegedly shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified the weapon as a nine-millimeter handgun.
Counselors were made available for co-workers and other employees who work in the Hedrick Building, UNC Health Care officials reported. The employment office was closed shortly afterward.
The Hedrick Building is adjacent to the University’s Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center about one-fourth mile from the Friday Center for Continuing Education.