On Monday, there was a reported shooting at the main campus of the University of North Carolina, prompting the university to issue a campus-wide alert warning of a “armed, dangerous person on or near campus” and instructing students to stay indoors and away from windows.
Authorities in Chapel Hill did not immediately release information on the suspected incident, including whether or not anyone had been shot. However, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper made an announcement on X (previously Twitter) that he has “pledged all state resources needed to capture the shooter and protect the UNC campus.”
Cooper gave no more details than that. Officials at the school promised to release more details after they had confirmed them. A request for more information was sent through email but received no immediate response.
After 1 o’clock, the school sent out its first warning. At 1:50 p.m., authorities updated X to say that the shelter-in-place order was still in effect due to “an ongoing situation.” The school updated its status to read, “Remain sheltered in place,” around 40 minutes after the initial post. This is a persistent problem. Unidentified suspect.
roughly 30 police vehicles were at the location and multiple helicopters were circling the school, where classes resumed last week, roughly two hours after the first alert went out.
When two persons tried to leave the student centre, a police yelled at them, “Inside, now!”
Ten minutes later, police led a queue of students out of one of the scientific buildings. The students formed a neat queue and held their hands over their heads.
A student at WTVD claimed she had blocked the door to her dorm room with her belongings. Another youngster whispered that he and his classmates had to take refuge in the lavatory because they were afraid.
A week into school at the state’s flagship public institution, reports of a shooting and subsequent lockdown paralysed campus and sections of the surrounding town of Chapel Hill. There are roughly 20,000 undergrads and 12,000 grad students enrolled at the university.
Professor of health behaviour Noel T. Brewer compared Monday’s suspected gunshot and lockdown to the day he was held at gunpoint at his mother’s jewellery store, calling it “far more stressful.”
Brewer, 57, stated on the phone that he was getting very little information from the office he and his coworkers were hiding in.
Brewer, a married man with two young children, expressed sympathy for the victims of the shooting.
But even in our own building, the number of pupils shut down and the thoughts going through their minds is just too much. Brewer, a married father of two small children, described the scenario as “terrible.”
Brewer’s kid, age 5, also started kindergarten that day. The lockdown extended to his son’s elementary school.
He is totally clueless about what is going on. The fact that he hasn’t boarded the bus at the appointed time will dawn on him, he added.
“My husband and I have been trading texts and trying to figure out what to do,” Brewer, a mother of a 2-year-old, said. I’m curious as to how our children are doing. A lot, indeed.
One of Brewer’s African coworkers is in the United States for the first time.
Brewer said that the student’s sole worry was the presence of firearms on campus. She said, “And this was her first faculty meeting, and her worst nightmare came true.”
He and his coworkers waited in locked offices and texted each other to see whether it was okay to go to the loo.
“We’re trying to tell each other stories and talk about cooking and try not to get worked up,” he said. Contrarily, “we’re getting a lot of calls and texts from loved ones and coworkers.”
All schools and administrative buildings in the nearby Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district have been shut down until further notice.