Shooting At North Carolina Central University: Police Shoot And Kill Gunman On Campus

Sep 24, 2013 09:15 AM EDT
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A gunman near North Carolina Central University was shot by police on late Monday, prompting a campus lockdown for three hours.

A gunman near North Carolina Central University was shot and killed by police late Monday, prompting a campus lockdown for three hours, Reuters reported.

The lockdown was enacted at 10:15 p.m. after a suspect in a current investigation in Durham, North Carolina ran towards the college, according to a statement from Chancellor Debra Saunders-White.

Details of the suspect's criminal investigation are unknown. 

After campus police officers discovered the suspect hiding in a wooded area, he challenged them with a gun, prompting officers to shoot at him, said Police Chief Timothy Bellamy. The man was not a student at the school and his name has not been released.

The lockdown was lifted at 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Classes were relocated for the day and a town hall meeting was organized. 

No other injuries were reported.

"I applaud the NCCU Police for their responsiveness and vigilance in keeping our campus safe," Saunders-White said on the website. 

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation took over the investigation on Tuesday, which is procedure following an incident involving an officer. The three officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave. 

North Carolina Central University is an historically black college and a part of the University of North Carolina system. It currently has more than 8,000 students enrolled. 

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