Former ECU football player arrested in Greensboro school gun threat

Published: Dec. 4, 2018 at 2:39 PM EST
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A former East Carolina University football player walked into a Greensboro high school Monday afternoon heavily armed with loaded guns, according to police.

Steve Spence, 29, of Norfolk, Virginia, had written directions of intentions to kill a total of five people, according to court documents.

Police say the man showed a gun inside Smith High School cafeteria and an employee immediately radioed for a lockdown.

A school resource officer caught Spence as he tried to get away.

Police believe Spence showed up at the school looking for an employee that he had a personal relationship with.

Spence went before a judge for his first appearance this afternoon and rambled about someone named Jeremiah. "Jeremiah, screams in my head. Jeremiah, I just need help, I want help," said Spence.

The judge ordered a mental evaluation for Spence and put him on a $2 million bond.

He is facing multiple charges, including two counts of attempted murder, weapons on school campus, resisting arrest, and going armed to terror of public.

The man is also facing charges in Virginia where police say he violently assaulted a woman earlier in the day, took her car and then drove to Greensboro.

Spence played for the Pirates during the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons as a linebacker.