ECU Lockdown Prompts 911 "Sightings" Calls

After several recent lockdowns at college campuses in our state- people took Wednesday's lockdown at East Carolina University very seriously. Many people called 911 trying to help police.

This was the fourth lockdown east of Charlotte recently. Wake Tech, Campbell University, UNC Wilmington, and then Wednesday at ECU in Greenville.

There were dozens of calls to 911 about the lockdown and possible sightings of the gunman- which we now know was a man with an umbrella and no gun. One father of an ECU student called trying to help lead police to the alleged gunman.

Caller:"Do you know that the man with the gun is on the second floor of the (undecipherable) building right now? My daughter is in the closet on the second floor."

911 dispatcher: 'You're saying he's on the second floor?"

Caller: "He's on the second floor right now."

The lockdown was called off before1:00 p.m. Monday.

The emergency management center in Pitt County says the additional calls from this false alarm were not enough to tie up the lines for any other emergencies in the county.


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  • by IGNORANT on Nov 17, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    THIS is how panic and accidents happen. People that worked at ECU were spreading rumors about how a gunman had a hostage. If people would just sit down,shut up and sit back, things would be taken care of smoothly. Someone hiding in their closet? Fine, but dont call people and make up a story about them being in the dorms or a building.
  • by if that on Nov 17, 2011 at 08:46 AM
    caller wasn't a prank, then he is the biggest moron alive plain and simple
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    This guy is the one that should be charged. You have to be a real idiot to call in a fake hostage situation while the school is locked down!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 at 02:59 AM
    So people freaked out and started calling in false information. Is that human nature, to be expected? If you have nothing stay alert but stay out of it.
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