UNC campus ‘on alert’ after nearby incident

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is on alert Wednesday morning as police respond to reports of an assault and gunshot near campus.

The university posted the alert on it’s website, saying a male suspect struck two women at “an establishment” on Franklin Street around 2 a.m. before firing a single shot from a handgun.

Nobody was struck by the gunfire, according to the alert.

The suspect, who is described as a black male wearing a white coat with a brown trim, ran from the scene of the incident.

According to the alert, the incident “does not reflect an immediate threat to health or safety but may indicate a continuing danger to the campus community.”

Police ask that anyone with further information about the suspect would call 911 or contact the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515.