NEW INFO: Man With AK-47 On Campus Shot By Police

New details about university police shooting a former student who brought a gun on a campus at Elizabeth City State University this weekend.

Witnesses told police the gunman was involved in a fight, left campus, and returned with the gun to retaliate.

Rashaad Gardner, 24-years-old, is charged with assault by pointing a gun after campus police say he brought an AK-47 to campus.

The school says about 1:15 am Saturday officers arrived after a fight at Complex D dorm. Officers say Gardner arrived with the AK-47 and they asked him to drop it, but he refused, pointed the gun at police, and at least one officer shot Gardner in the leg.

Gardner ran into the woods, but was found, treated for his injury, and is in the Albemarle District Jail on a $50,000 bond.


Elizabeth City State University police have now identified a former student who brought an AK-47 to campus early Saturday morning.

Rashaad Gardner has been arrested and charged with assault by pointing a gun, possession of a weapon on state educational property, and going armed to the terror of the people. Gardner is being held in the Albemarle District Jail on $50,000 bond.

ECSU Police say the school was put on lock down Saturday for around two hours after officers on foot patrol ran into students running from what they reported was a man with a gun.

Police located the suspect and say they asked Gardner to drop the AK-47 repeatedly but he refused. According to police at least one officer shot Gardner in the leg after he pointed the gun at police.

Gardner then ran into a wooded area after being hit by at least one bullet. Elizabeth City police brought K-9 units to campus to assist in the search and locate Gardner.

Police say Gardner graduated from the school in the fall of 2010.

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  • by ncgirl500 Location: williamston on Nov 7, 2011 at 06:48 PM
    As a doctoral student, I propose transforming from traditional to nontraditional students. By enrolling into online classes, this will minimize campus violence and innocent bystanders will not get hurt. College campuses are becoming dangerous as the cultural environment continues to change rapidly. Universities are continously addressing campus violence and changing bylaws that ensure the safety for all students. So, to all traditional students, just be careful and stay alert for possible crimes at your educational setting.
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      by OG Student on Nov 7, 2011 at 07:42 PM in reply to ncgirl500
      As a college student about to graduate Im amazed at your post...College campuses are no more dangerous then any other places located in that same area. What are you thinking?? Nontraditional student??? Do you want our country to get stupider? An average student is to learn so much more in an actual class then an online class. If your an online student then I wish you the best on getting your PHD. Good luck becoming a real doctor completely online....
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 at 12:47 PM
    Not campus cop, kiddy cop
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 at 08:52 AM
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      by REM on Nov 7, 2011 at 12:31 PM in reply to
      Training does not = real world scenario. Maybe that was the only solution that the officer had at the time? How about be thankful that the officer took control of the situation; and instead complaining about our law system to the law makers, not the enforcers.
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        by JusticeForAll on Nov 7, 2011 at 09:22 PM in reply to REM
        Shooting someone in the leg--ESPECIALLY an armed assailant--is NEVER the "best option". It's not even in the top 5. Shooting for the leg or arm is DANGEROUS. You will VERY likely miss, and the bullet is then traveling downrange until it hits something else--potentially an innocent bystander. Second, a leg-shot won't "stop the threat", and it very likely will cause the assailant to open fire. Third, it means that the State will now have to pay NOT ONLY to incarcerate this wannabee thug for a long time, but We the People will probably have to pay this scumbag's disability checks for the rest of his un-natural and useless life. Aim "center mass" every time--it's the only safe way to deal with an armed assailant--THAT is how ANY good self-defense instructor teaches, whether in BLET, CHP classes, military, or advanced self-defense training. NO competent instructor in ANY field teached you to shoot someone who is armed and posing a direct threat, in the leg.
  • by keith on Nov 7, 2011 at 02:32 AM
    Good job to the officers that were involved. Thanks for keeping the students safe. This could have been a huge tragedy.
  • by Eric Location: Chocowinity on Nov 6, 2011 at 05:06 PM
    I'm all for gun laws. A handgun (even a big .44 magnum) for personal protection. A rifle (even one with a big scope and a long barrel) for hunting. Or a shotgun for a little of both. Weapons that excel at killing, but they have legal applications and I'm all for their being legal. However, I fail to understand what reason a person could possibly have for owning a machine gun or assault rifle. Spray and pray isn't sporting and it goes above and beyond personal defense. If you want to fire more rounds you can get a shotgun or a semi-automatic pistol. Although, people need to learn real life is not movies and video games. All you need is a revolver. They had it right in the old days. One bullet will stop a real person. And they're less likely to jam, and easier to clean, than a handgun.
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      by ralphie on Nov 6, 2011 at 08:40 PM in reply to Eric
      What if twenty people attacked you- like a riot coming up your street? "I am an American, BUT..." people are strange to me.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 at 01:52 PM in reply to ralphie
        If 20 people attacked you you're going to likely die if they intend to kill you. If you kill 6 and it doesn't scare them off, shooting more isn't going to scare them off either.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2011 at 10:00 PM in reply to Eric
      Could you please define "Assault Rifle".
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        by saddam on Nov 7, 2011 at 09:33 AM in reply to
        Its a weapon of mass destruction.
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          by Sipowicz on Nov 7, 2011 at 03:47 PM in reply to saddam
          Assault rifles are not categorized as WMDs
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          by Anonymous on Nov 8, 2011 at 03:59 AM in reply to saddam
          To Sipowicz: c) The term "weapon of mass death and destruction" includes: Any firearm capable of fully automatic fire, any shotgun with a barrel or barrels of less than 18 inches in length or an overall length of less than 26 inches, any rifle with a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length or an overall length of less than 26 inches, any muffler or silencer for any firearm, whether or not such firearm is included within this definition. For the purposes of this section, rifle is defined as a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder; or G.S. 288.8 (c)(3)
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      by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2011 at 10:24 PM in reply to Eric
      Do you even own a firearm? It sure sounds like you don't. Where did you get you knowledge from. Do you know anything about the shooting sports?
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      by REM on Nov 7, 2011 at 06:38 AM in reply to Eric
      Fully automatic weapons aren't used for "spray and pray". We have had this argument several times, and the only reason I am posting a reply is to take the focus away from your ill-informed concepts of firearms. I can give you factual information if you ask for it though.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 at 10:28 AM in reply to Eric
      Are not "assault weapons" already illegal? I think so. If this is truly an assault weapon, it shows exactly how effective these type of laws are. The only ones with the guns are the criminals. To the best of my knowledge, a person can have an AK-47 that has been modified thus no longer an assault weapon.
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        by JusticeForAll on Nov 7, 2011 at 09:05 PM in reply to
        I have NEVER been arrested or even charged with any crime or violation. I have a spotless record. I hold Concealed Carry permits in THREE states, have passed numerous State and Federal background checks, and have held Top Secret level security clearances. And I own several handguns, several rifles, and a few shotguns. One of my rifles is an "assault rifle", a CETME in .308. I have a scope and a bipod on it, and 15 magazines for it. I enjoy shooting it on the range, and use it in competition. It is semiautomatic, and 100% legal. There are literally millions of people in the US--law-abiding, upstanding citizens--who own these types of rifles. Most of the criminals and thugs can't afford them and don't want them because they tend to be big, heavy, complicated, difficult to maintain and they use EXPENSIVE ammo. You obviously know very little about firearms--please keep your comments to yourself until you get a little education on the subject...
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      by Sipowicz on Nov 7, 2011 at 03:50 PM in reply to Eric
      The article never mentions the rifle is a "machine gun" or "fully auto". A semi auto AK-47 is just like any other semi auto hunting rifle found in you local redneck's truck. One round fired with one pull of the trigger. No gun has ever killed a person without human interaction. Get your facts straight
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        by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 at 06:32 PM in reply to Sipowicz
        No one has defined "Assault Rifle" yet. To you people with NO weapons knowledge it's a scary term.
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      by RED on Nov 7, 2011 at 07:05 PM in reply to Eric
      The reason some people own "Assault" Style weapons is the same as why you and everyone else posts on this sight (A type of freedom of speech); It's your right. There are alot of things that when abused, we can say are bad. Life as well as this website requires a little bit of common sense but alot of the time falls short.
  • by A "SALT RIFLE" Location: On the coast on Nov 6, 2011 at 03:00 PM
    Could have used; "PEPPER SPRAY".
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Nov 6, 2011 at 01:32 PM
    I am wondering- was the AK a fully automatic one, like used in Carson City to murder US Troops? And if so- why silence again from the liberal media- after decades of screaming "assault rifle!!!!" about guns there were NOT? And again- if so- was it ALSO FROM OBAMA????
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      by jim on Nov 6, 2011 at 03:40 PM in reply to ralphie
      more than likely the standard century arms wasr-10 ak-47.conveted from select fire and sold for about 450.00 just about everywhere.
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        by 40some on Nov 6, 2011 at 06:41 PM in reply to jim
        Could have been a czek, romanian, russian, chinese AK. So many imports from so many countries. Could have even been a SKS which is the model most often mistaken by the press for an AK.
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          by jim on Nov 7, 2011 at 07:30 AM in reply to 40some
          wasr 10 is a romanian build ak-47.
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        by ralphie on Nov 6, 2011 at 08:47 PM in reply to jim
        or it could be a Hugo Chavez made AK, sold to obama to give to the invading mexican drug gangs...
  • by Gerry Location: Emerald City on Nov 6, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    Good job to the responding officers. Brickbats to the reporter who failed to verify if the firearm involved was actually a select-fire (capable of full auto fire)AK-47! Otherwise, it was likely a ak-74, MAK-90, or some variation of a semi-automatic only firearm. Just my $0.02.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2011 at 07:29 PM in reply to Gerry
      AK-74 is a different caliber not firing type.the AK-74 is smaller.
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      by JusticeForAll on Nov 7, 2011 at 09:10 PM in reply to Gerry
      It is highly unlikely that it was a full-auto AK. First off, they go for upwards of $8,000 plus a $200 tax stamp from the BATFE, and are nearly impossible to get--even for serious collectors. The full-auto version of an AK-47 is WAY out of the budget of a 24-year-old college dropout. Full Auto firearms ARE perfectly legal to own in the US, and it is possible to own one in NC (but you have to jump through some SERIOUS legal hoops), but there is a LOT of paperwork, extensive background checks, and they are VERY expensive to procure through legal channels.
  • by jim Location: ec on Nov 6, 2011 at 11:15 AM
    to all the firearms masters here who have never been close to shooting anyone,i would think both were moving at the time .most people do not stand still when a rifle is being pointed at them.
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      by ralphie on Nov 6, 2011 at 01:32 PM in reply to jim
      I would do my best to not be a static target!
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      by Stan on Nov 6, 2011 at 03:53 PM in reply to jim
      You hit the nail on the head brudda. But it is funny reading all these comments from "experts" who gained all their firearm knowledge by playing video games and who would squeal like a two year old girl if they ever had to face what the ECSU cops had to face.
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        by ralphie on Nov 6, 2011 at 08:45 PM in reply to Stan
        She at least HIT the guy. That turned him around from being menacing to being a fleeing felon... I have never faced it, and pray I never do...But I have read a lot and a lot of what I have read says careful aimed fire does way better than alternatives. Also what i read did include that adrenalin and tunnel vision and the need to take cover and a bunch of other things simultaneously take precendence- and there are different degrees of each in each person, and in each situation.... I recall one thing I read years and years ago- saying most gun fights take place a little beyond arm's reach, and still in most of them- everyone empties their gun, and nobody is hit. Then it became- he who aimed wins. Again- golly, I never want to be in fear for my life again (no gun in either my or the crim's hands- but I nearly was nailed.)
  • by lily on Nov 6, 2011 at 09:58 AM
    I am a parent of an ECSU student. I am thankful the guy was apprehended and that all is well in Viking Land. It could have been worse!
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      by Yoo are so right on Nov 6, 2011 at 02:58 PM in reply to lily
      This coul have had an entirely differant outcome. Glad your' student is safe.
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      by CNG on Nov 7, 2011 at 08:45 AM in reply to lily
      So true...I'm the parent of 2 (almost 3) ECSU students and that was way too scary!! What is killing me are the comments about what make and model the gun was!!! Who cares!! It was the kind that kills people!!! smh.. I'm glad everyone is safe.
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