POLICE: Social Media Posts, Rumors Had Officers Chasing False Leads

Law enforcement and ECU students are buzzing about the role social media networks like Facebook and Twitter played in Wednesday's lockdown and response.

During their press conference Wednesday, police openly criticized some users of the sites for causing law enforcement to chase false leads due to speculation and rumors. Police stopped an ECU transit bus with guns drawn looking for the alleged gunman after he was rumored to be aboard.

Many students we spoke to who left campus weren't sure what was going on during the lockdown and were frightened by rumors that a gunman was in a campus building and holding hostages, and posts saying there was a second gunman.


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