Comment
0
Tweet
0
Print
RSS Feeds

NC university on lockdown after report of gunman

Monday - 4/28/2014, 1:50pm  ET

TOM FOREMAN JR.
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina A&T State University evacuated several buildings and advised other students to take shelter Monday after a report of a man with a rifle on campus.

Campus police received a report of a gunman in the General Classroom Building at 9:57 a.m., university spokeswoman Samantha Hargrove told The Associated Press. There had not been any verification of that initial call to police or reports of shots being fired, she said. There were no reports of injuries.

Messages issued by the campus alert system and the university's Twitter feed advised students to "shelter in place."

"If you are off campus do not come to campus," the message said. The university also canceled classes until 2 p.m., according to its Twitter account.

Campus police were sweeping and evacuating four buildings clustered on the north side of the campus, Hargrove said.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported that students cleared from the area on lockdown packed the Student Union building as an alarm blared across the campus. Some students were seen leaving campus in their cars while others walked around despite the warnings.

N.C. A&T is a historically black university with a nearly 200-acre central campus east of downtown Greensboro. The school's athletics teams are known as the Aggies.

Junior Elizabeth Robinson was one of the students to be evacuated from the general classroom building. "We were in class as usual," Robinson told The News & Record. "Then we got a fire alarm. I thought it was a fire until we got the Aggie alert."

About noon Monday, a lone Greensboro police officer stood at an entrance to the campus, directing motorists away from the school.

As television helicopters hovered overhead, city and campus police gathered at a makeshift command post set up at the university football stadium.

A&T's campus includes two public high schools, the Middle College at A&T and the STEM Early College at A&T, which also were placed on lockdown Monday, according to the Guilford County Schools. Phone messages about the lockdowns were sent to parents.


Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.