Police: UNC shooting deaths motivated by parking dispute

In this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 photo, Chapel Hill police officers investigate the scene of three murders near Summerwalk Circle in Chapel Hill, N.C. A man, his wife and her sister, all college students, were shot to death at a quiet condominium complex near the University of North Carolina, but police had not yet given a motive or released details about the suspect. Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the Tuesday shooting, Chapel Hill police told local news outlets. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Al Drago)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Police say the shooting deaths of three family members near the University of North Carolina campus was motivated by an ongoing neighbor dispute over parking.

Chapel Hill police said in a statement Wednesday that their preliminary investigation shows the fight over parking sparked the fatal shooting of a man, his wife and her sister — all college students.

Forty-six-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks has been arrested and charged with three counts of murder. He is expected to make a first court appearance Wednesday morning.

This image provided by the Durham County Sheriff's office shows a booking photo of Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, who was arrested on three counts of murder early Wednesday Feb. 11, 2015. He is being held at the Durham County Jail. Police were responding to a report of gunshots around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday when they found three people who were pronounced dead at the scene. The dead were identified as Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, of Chapel Hill; Yusor Mohammad, 21, of Chapel Hill; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh. (AP Photo/Durham County Sheriff)
This image provided by the Durham County Sheriff’s office shows a booking photo of Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, who was arrested on three counts of murder early Wednesday Feb. 11, 2015.  (AP Photo/Durham County Sheriff)

Police say he’s been cooperative.

The victims of Tuesday’s shooting are identified as 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat and 21-year-old Yusor Mohammad, both of Chapel Hill, and 19-year-old Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, of Raleigh.

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