A Baylor University professor was shot and killed in his office Wednesday night, a hospital spokesman said.
The professor, a graduate student in sociology, was shot in the head and killed during a confrontation with a gunman outside the building.
The university issued a statement saying that the professor was a founding member of the Black Student Union and had been an adviser to the Black Faculty Senate, a group that seeks to improve the lives of minority students and faculty.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Professor Charles Johnson, who was beloved by his students and campus,” the statement said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”
The professor was pronounced dead at the scene.
The hospital said in a statement that it is cooperating with the investigation.
“The immediate campus community is aware of the tragic events in which Dr. Charles Johnson was shot while at his office,” the university said.
The hospital said that Johnson, an associate professor in sociology at Baylor, was known for his activism, as well as his work with the Black Cultural Center and the Black Academic Senate.
He had also taught at the University of Missouri and the University at Buffalo.
Johnson was a member of Black Student Council, an organization founded by former students of the University System of Missouri to advocate for racial equality and equality for all.
In a Facebook post Wednesday, Johnson wrote, “My work in the Black community has never been in vain.
I have had the honor of working with students of color, and I am honored to be able to contribute to the advancement of racial equality in the United States.
Black Lives Matter” and “black pride” are among the messages on his Facebook page.
Baylor University, a private, public institution, is one of the country’s largest public universities.
Johnson was born in Chicago in 1951.
He graduated from the University Of Chicago with a degree in sociology in 1997 and earned a master’s degree in social work from the Baylor College of Medicine in 2005.
He was a professor of sociology and director of the Graduate School of Social Work at Baylor in 2012 and a professor in the Department of Sociology and African American Studies at the university in 2015.
Johnson’s wife, Carol, is a graduate assistant professor at Baylor.
The family has three daughters.
The couple has a son and a daughter, as of Wednesday night.
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