NC A&T Police Chief: 'Gun' Was Likely An Umbrella

10:59 PM, Apr 12, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- North Carolina A&T State University and eight Guilford County Schools are no longer on lockdown. No gunman was found after searching campus buildings. 

The lockdown was lifted around 12:15 p.m. Classes resumed at 2 p.m.

The NC A&T campus police chief said their investigation is still continuing. After reviewing video surveillance, they believe the person who was described carrying the gun was actually carrying an umbrella.

According to the NC A&T website, a black male was seen carrying a rifle on campus Friday morning. The university advised everyone to stay inside and lock their doors and windows.

The campus alert described the male as about  5'11" tall, wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans, blue cap and white t-shirt but he was not found.

The lockdown began after two faculty members saw a wooden handle sticking out of the man's backpack. They thought it looked like the back of a rifle. The dean was notified before calling police.

Police arrived on campus with K-9 units. They carried rifles and other weapons and ran through campus trying to keep everyone safe.

After searching every room in every building, no gunman was found and the lockdown ended.

Greensboro police and the Guilford County Sheriff's Office helped in searching the NC A&T campus during the lockdown.

University staff have done practice drills for this situation. They said that practice helped them react quickly.

During the lockdown, the following campus buildings were evacuated:

  • Crosby
  • Merrick Hall
  • General Classroom Building

The following Guilford County Schools have also lifted lockdowns for the following schools:

  •   Middle College at A&T campus
  •   STEM Early College at A&T campus
  •   Washington Elementary
  •   Aycock Middle School
  •   Dudley High School
  •   Bluford Elementary
  •   The Academy At Lincoln 
  •   Middle College at Bennett College

WFMY News 2 will update as we learn more information.

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