The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill warned the local community Monday afternoon of an “armed and dangerous person on or near campus.”
“Remain sheltered in place. This is an ongoing situation. Suspect at large,” the university said in an alert at 2:24 p.m. That notice came about an hour an a half after the school’s first warning of an armed and dangerous person.
Police for the school, which has about 32,000 students, released an image of an unnamed person of interest in the situation.
“If you see this person, keep your distance, put your safety first and call 911,” UNC Police said in a tweet.
The incident occurred just a week after the start of classes following the summer break.
“This is a tragic way to start a new semester and the state will provide any assistance necessary to support the UNC community,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said.
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