Wednesday 18 September 2019

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A university in North Carolina says a possible gunman has been reported on campus and is telling people to take shelter.

In a tweet, William Peace University said a gunman was reportedly on his way to the campus. School spokesman Ian Dunne said Raleigh police are on the scene to investigate.

William Peace is a small, private liberal arts college in Raleigh that is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

The school is located just north of the North Carolina government complex, which includes the legislature.

In an email to The News & Observer, Raleigh police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan wrote: "We have responded to that location in an attempt to locate a subject."

Helicopters circled above the campus as alarms could be heard. Police officers could be seen walking around campus.

Shanice Frazier, a student, said she was arriving for class when she heard the alarms go off and a friend texted her to find a place to hide. She also got an alert from the university warning of a possible gunman.

She said she tried to get into several buildings but they were locked so she walked across the street to the outskirts of a shopping centre to wait. She said she had done drills before in high school for an active gunman so she was trying to keep calm.

"All we know is they are looking for someone," she said.

Standing at the edge of campus near where about 12 police cars were parked, student John Everett said he returned from lunch off campus to the alarm.

"Everything was fine. Me and my friend, we went to a 30-minute lunch and when we got back, cops are everywhere," he said.

He said he never got a campus alert but later heard there was a shooting threat.

"They're looking around. They're waiting for someone to come. It's a mess," Mr Everett said.

Mr Everett said he talked to a professor who was sheltering in a small office with 20 students.

He said: "It's alarming because we've never heard this before. In my four years here, nothing ever happened. Not one fight."

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