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GUNBRELLA 2: NC A&T Says Campus Rifle Scare Was Umbrella

Gunbrella has struck yet another university campus.

North Carolina A&T State University officials say people this morning mistook an umbrella for a man carrying a gun on campus.

The Greensboro campus was locked down for most of the morning because of the scare.

The same thing happened on November 11, 2011 at East Carolina University.

ECU student Jimmy Callaway's umbrella had a handle that was shaped to look like a sword and he carried it over his shoulder.

Both ECU campuses and three nearby public schools were locked down for several hours during that 2011 scare.

NC A&T investigators say they reviewed video from cameras and saw their suspected armed man carrying the strap of his umbrella over his shoulder.

The university says its investigation is now closed.


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Lockdowns for two North Carolina college campuses have been lifted after separate incidents, one of which involved reports of a gun.

North Carolina Central University imposed a lockdown Friday after reports of an incident at a residence hall. School spokeswoman Ayana Hernandez says the lockdown was lifted around 3 p.m., but she had no further details, including whether a weapon was involved.

Hernandez says campus police are investigating and a search is underway.

Earlier Friday, North Carolina A&T State University was placed on lockdown after reports of a man with a rifle on campus. The lockdown on the Greensboro campus was lifted in the early afternoon.

The two campuses are approximately 50 miles apart.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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North Carolina A&T State University says it has lifted a lockdown after reports of a man with a rifle was seen on campus.

The university says the lockdown was lifted at 12:25 p.m. and that all activities on campus can resume.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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North Carolina A&T State University has been put on lockdown after reports of a man with a rifle on the Greensboro school's campus.

The university updated its website Friday morning to advise that students should stay inside and lock their doors and windows.

The school has more than 10,000 students and more than 2,000 employees.

NC A&T spokeswoman Nettie Rowland says no shots have been fired and police have a description of a suspect. Rowland says the entire campus is included in the lockdown, including scores of Guilford County high school students who attend an on-campus high school focused on math, science and technology.

Greensboro Police Spokeswoman Susan Danielson said the city's officers are aiding campus police.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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