NC A&T lockdown likely caused by umbrella

 

GREENSBORO, N.C. –University Police have determined that it was an umbrella, not a gun that caused a three-hour lockdown at North Carolina A&T on Friday.

After reviewing surveillance video, police determined witnesses mistook a man carrying an umbrella, for a man carrying a gun into the school’s General Classroom Building.

A three-hour lockdown at the school was lifted earlier this afternoon and students were allowed back on campus, after the A&T Police Department received a report of an unknown man with rifle earlier this morning.

An earlier lockdown that affected eight GCS schools has been cancelled as of 12:15 p.m. All schools have resumed a normal schedule.

The STEM Early College and Middle College, which are located on the university’s campus, were part of the lockdown, as were Aycock Middle, The Middle College at Bennett, Bluford Elementary, Dudley High, The Academy at Lincoln and Washington Elementary.

All schools followed lockdown procedures because of their proximity to the campus, per the direction of law enforcement.

Around 9 a.m., the A&T Police Department received a report of an unknown black male with a rifle in the area of the General Classroom Building.

Around 12:15 p.m., Nicole Pride, the Communications Chief at North Carolina A&T, confirmed the lockdown had been lifted.

Pride said the suspect has been been located. He is described as approximately 5’11” wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans, blue cap and white t-shirt.

photoCrosby Hall, Merrick Hall and the General Classroom Building at A&T were evacuated during the search.

A&T could not say if the suspect is a student.

The school posted the following alerts:

*** A black male has been seen carrying a rifle on Campus. The University is on lockdown. Everyone should stay inside, close and lock your doors and windows. ***

Around 10:14 a.m., the school posted this update:

*** Update 04/12/13 10:14a.m.; The campus is on lock down. Just to confirm, the University Police Department received a report of an unknown black male with a weapon in the area of the General Classroom Building. No shots have been fired. The unknown suspect is approximately 5’11” wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans, blue cap and white t- shirt. The University Police Department is conducting a campus-wide search. We will provide updates as they become available. ***

Scott Gustin April 12, 201312:19 pm

UPDATE: Lockdown at North Carolina A&T has been lifted.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201312:11 pm

“We are asking students and faculty to exercise best judgment. For their safety, we want them to remain behind locked doors,” said Nicole Pride, the Communications Chief at North Carolina A&T.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201312:10 pm

“We are still under a campus-wide search. The police department is doing it’s job and they will update us as soon as we know something different,” said Nicole Pride, the Communications Chief at North Carolina A&T. “I received a call shortly after 9 a.m. I got a report from police saying there was an unidentified person carrying a weapon… near the General Classroom Building. So we immediately sent out an alert to students.”

Scott Gustin April 12, 201312:01 pm

Scott Gustin April 12, 201311:49 am

Very few students walking around campus. Most students that are still at A&T are inside buildings.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201311:47 am

We’ll have live updates today at noon. You can watch the live stream here: http://myfox8.com/live-streaming

Scott Gustin April 12, 201311:27 am

As of 11:30 a.m., no new updates from A&T. The campus remains on lockdown and the search continues.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201311:17 am

Now 8 Guilford Co. schools on lockdown: Guilford County Schools said The Middle College at A&T, Middle College at Bennett, The STEM Early College at A&T, Washington Montessori, Aycock Middle, Dudley High, Bluford Elementary and the Academy at Lincoln are all on lockdown due to the situation at A&T.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201311:11 am

Scott Gustin April 12, 201311:10 am

Just to be clear: As of 11:09 a.m., the campus is still on lockdown. 7 other Guilford Co. Schools are also on lockdown. We hope to have another update from A&T within the next 30 minutes.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201311:04 am

Latest update at ncat.edu:

***The campus is on lock down. Just to confirm, the University Police Department received a report of an unknown black male with a weapon in the area of the General Classroom Building. No shots have been fired. The unknown suspect is approximately 5’11” wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans, blue cap and white t- shirt. The University Police Department is conducting a campus-wide search. We will provide updates as they become available. ***

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:56 am

Guilford County Schools said The Middle College at A&T, The STEM Early College at A&T, Washington Montessori, Aycock Middle, Dudley High, Bluford Elementary and the Academy at Lincoln are all on lockdown due to the situation at A&T.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:56 am

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:56 am

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:52 am

LIVE Video from A&T: http://myfox8.com/on-air/live-streaming/

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:46 am

A&T Police believe the suspect is likely no longer in the area, however they are still searching. A&T could not say if the suspect is a student.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:46 am

The area near Benbow and Luterhan Street have been “quarantined” while police conduct the search.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:41 am

We hope to have live video from the scene in the next few minutes.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:37 am

UPDATE: Guilford County Schools said The Middle College at A&T, The STEM Early College at A&T, Washington Montessori and Aycock Middle are all on lockdown due to the situation at A&T.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:30 am

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:30 am

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:28 am

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:28 am

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:28 am

The Univ. Police Department received a report of an unknown black male with a weapon in the area of the General Classroom Building.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:28 am

Despite the lockdown, students can still be seen walking around campus.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:27 am

From A&T: “If you are off campus please stay where you are. Please do not return to campus until the alert has been lifted.”

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:27 am

Crosby Hall, Merrick Hall and a general classroom building have all been evacuated.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:26 am

We’re hoping to get an update on the status of the lockdown in the next 15 minutes. Still no updates other than A&T stressing the lockdown is still in effect.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:23 am

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:17 am

From A&T: “The Campus-Wide Lockdown alert will remain in affect until otherwise stated.”

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:11 am

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:08 am

As of 10:08 a.m., we’re still awaiting an update from NC A&T.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:02 am

Guilford County Schools said the Middle College at A&T and The STEM Early College at NC A&T are also on lockdown.

Scott Gustin April 12, 201310:00 am

Crosby Hall, Craig Hall, Merrick Hall & GCB have all been evacuated until further notice.

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