A lockdown on East Carolina University (ECU) campus has been lifted after it has been determined that students or employees aren't in any danger. The lift came about three hours after police reported seeing a gunman near the campus.
East Carolina University Police have given the all clear to campus, Steve Ballard, ECU Chancellor, stated in a notice on the school's Web site. The initial report of a man carrying a weapon near campus has proved to be unfounded.
ECU is located in Greenville, N.C. It was placed on lockdown on Wednesday after Greenville Police contacted ECU Police around 10 a.m. concerning surveillance camera footage of what appeared to be a man carrying a rifle.
An investigation found that it was not a rifle, Ballard noted in his statement. East Carolina University will always err on the side of campus safety when these situations arise.
Police told Winston-Salem Journal that the received an initial report about a man believed to be carrying a weapon, which sparked the lockdown.
Our telecommunicators received a call that a male was walking casually down East 5th Street heading east with what appeared to be a longer weapon in his hand, police told the paper.
Authorities then received two 911 calls and they then pulled video from traffic cameras. The man was walking towards the ECU campus and police, therefore, notified campus security, who ordered the lockdown, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.
Greenville Police, Highway Patrol and ECU police officers went on a three-hour search of the campus and surrounding neighborhood in order to find the suspect.
In a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, police said there was no gunman, just a man with an umbrella, taking a walk.
Watch the news conference below:
Watch the surveillance footage below: