ECU Campus Lockdown
GREENVILLE, NC -- The campus of East Carolina University is on lockdown after an armed man was seen nearby.
ECU police are sweeping the campus, and the university says all residence halls have been locked down and are secure.
In addition to ECU, three nearby Pitt County schools have also been placed on lockdown. Those are Wahl Coat Elementary, Elmhurst Elementary and C.M. Eppes Middle schools. The school system says those facilities are under a modified lockdown, meaning classes are continuing but no one is allow to come inside.
ECU has set up a call center for parents of students to get the latest information. That number is 252-737-5100.
The alert was issued after an armed man was spotted near the corner of 5th and Reade Street around 10:00 a.m. Greenville police Sgt. Carlton Williams tells WITN News that video from a surveillance camera showed the man wearing a cowboy hat, with a backpack and what appeared to be an assault rifle in his right hand.
Residence halls have been locked down and are secure.
There was also a large-scale police action with Greenville police at 4th & Reade Street. WITN's Lynnette Taylor says police surrounded a Greenville transit bus, but nothing was found.
An ECU alert says there was a report of armed individual on Fifth Street. The alert says people should take shelter inside a building, close and secure doors.
Greenville police say they got a report around 10:00 a.m. of an armed man on East Fifth Street and confirmed the man then crossed onto campus. Greenville police are coordinating the search with ECU police.
Alert sirens on campus were telling people to seek a safe place. Greenville police say there are no confirmed reports of anyone being held hostage.
WITN News has multiple crews on campus and will have updates on this developing story as they become available.