UPDATE: As of 12:39 p.m., North Carolina A&T State University lifted its lockdown. All normal campus activities, including classes, resumed at 2 p.m.
North Carolina A&T State University issued a campus-wide lockdown today after a man carrying a rifle was seen on its campus, though no shots had been fired. Several other schools in Guilford County followed suit because of their proximity to the university, according to the school district's website.
North Carolina A&T's website provided some information about the incident.
"Just to confirm, the University Police Department received a report of an unknown black male with a weapon in the area of the General Classroom Building," the website said. "No shots have been fired. The unknown suspect is approximately 5'11" wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans, blue cap and white t- shirt. The University Police Department is conducting a campus-wide search. Parents and Guardians are encouraged to remain at their location. We will provide updates as they become available."
Other schools on lockdown include Aycock Middle School, The Middle College at Bennett, Bluford Elementary School, Dudley High School, The Academy at Lincoln and Washington Elementary School. All principals in lockdown are being provided a Connect-ED message by District Relations to share this information with parents, according to the district's website.
More than 10,000 students attend North Carolina A&T. Stay with The Pendulum for updates.