No evidence of armed person at UNC-CH medical building, officials say


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – An investigation has revealed there was not an armed person at a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill medical building on Friday.

At 11:31 a.m., Orange County 911 received a call reporting an armed individual at the Ambulatory Care Center at 102 Mason Farm Rd on the UNC-CH campus.

Three minutes later, UNC police officers arrived on scene.

The University said the Alert Carolina Emergency System was activated “out of an abundance of caution” at 11:42 a.m. as there was no confirmation of an armed person at that point.

The Alert called for students and staff to find shelter away from windows.

“UNC Police conducted a thorough search and a review of security camera footage and determined that no armed individual was present on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus,” said George Battle, vice chancellor of Institutional Integrity & Risk Management at UNC-CH.

At 12:22 p.m., the University issued an all clear – allowing normal activities to resume on campus.

A second 911 call was made reporting an unspent bullet at the scene – but that bullet was later determined to belong to a law enforcement officer who responded to the call.

“The University has been actively investigating this incident in coordination with UNC Hospital Police and other law enforcement agencies. We have carefully analyzed video surveillance and interviewed witnesses on scene in an effort to thoroughly determine whether or not any individuals were present with a firearm,” Battle said.

Just after 1:30 p.m., the University said UNC police are currently unable to confirm a weapon was present.

“I am grateful for the quick response of UNC Police, UNC Hospital Police and our town and county law enforcement partners. They were on the scene within minutes of the dispatch and responded with thoroughness and great professionalism,” Battle said.

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