UNC Chapel Hill issues all clear after lockdown

UNC Chapel Hill issues all clear after false report of ‘armed and dangerous person’ on campus

  • All students and staff were told to stay indoors and away from windows
  • It came just three weeks after a professor was killed by a student at the school 

The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has issued the all clear after a worrying report of an armed and dangerous person on campus today. 

The alert, issued at 12.55pm on Wednesday afternoon, told students and staff to shelter indoors and stay away from windows. 

No details were given about any kind of suspect, and it remains unclear where the report originated from. 

By 2.15pm, the campus had been swept and deemed safe.  

An alert of an armed and dangerous person was issued at UNC Chapel Hill on Wednesday. Above, police at the scene

Terrified students run to safety on Wednesday amid reports of an armed and dangerous person

The alert on Wednesday came just three weeks after a professor at the school was shot and killed by a student. 

Professor Zijie Yan was shot and killed in a campus science building by student Tailei Qi. 

He has since been charged with murder and is in custody. 

Terrified students still reeling from that attack today took to social media as the new alert was issued. 

They shared eerie videos of lockdown sirens blaring across campus and told of their horror at having to shelter in place for the second time in a month due to suspected gun crime. 

The alert on Wednesday emerged almost at the exact moment an email asking for feedback for campus safety after the August murder. 

The gun lobby today seized on North Carolina Republicans amid the second lockdown, which also comes just a day after students campaigned for tighter firearm laws. 

Among the first to comment was Parkland survivor and activist David Hogg. 

A UNC faculty member, Zijie Yan, was shot and killed. He was the suspect's academic advisor, it has been revealed

UNC grad student Tailei Qi has been charged with first-degree shooting over Monday's shooting at the Chapel Hill campus


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