The Latest at UNC: False alarm understandable, police say

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – The latest on an alert issued for the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill. All times local.

11:55 a.m.

The police chief at the University of North Carolina says that with mass shootings across the United States, he’s glad someone reported seeing a possible gunman on campus even though no threat was found.

Chief Jeff McCracken said Wednesday’s false alarm was understandable, and he wants people to continue reporting what they see.

An anonymous call about a man carrying a rifle near the school’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps building sparked a campus-wide alert urging students and employees to lock themselves indoors. McCracken says investigators found no threats.

The all-clear was issued less than an hour after the alert, with instructions for students and others to resume normal activities.

The school is the flagship of UNC’s 16 colleges and one residential high school.

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9:30 a.m.

The University of North Carolina has issued an all-clear after a report of an armed man on or near the campus.

The all-clear notice was posted on the school’s website Wednesday morning less than an hour after its alert about the possible armed man. The notice says the threat to campus is over and instructs students and others to resume normal activities.

Campus police spokesman Randy Young says the alert was issued around 8:45 a.m. when someone reported seeing an armed man near the school’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps building.

Young says sirens were sounded to warn students and faculty to shelter in place.

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9:20 a.m.

The University of North Carolina has issued an alert for a possible armed man on or near the campus.

Campus police spokesman Randy Young said the alert was issued around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday when someone reported seeing an armed man near the school’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps center.

Young says sirens were sounded to warn students and faculty to shelter in place.

Young says that officers have blocked at least one road and are searching the area, and that no suspect has been located.

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