Last week, shootings at three U.S. college campuses left two students dead and another injured — marking a five-day stretch of school lockdowns and alerts across the nation.
South Carolina State University, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and Widener University in Chester, Pa., each had shootings occur on their campuses.
A student was killed as a result of each of the shootings at both S.C. State and Purdue, and the shooting at Widener left a student critically injured.
The University of Oklahoma also went on lockdown last week when students and faculty received reports of a shooting on campus, which was eventually confirmed as a false alarm.
According to a survey of news results by The Huffington Post released earlier this month, 27 shootings occurred on or near U.S. college campuses in 2013.
Randy Young, spokesman for the UNC Department of Public Safety, said in the case of such an emergency, UNC’s first responders are well-trained and drilled.
“We extensively drill,” Young said. “We don’t do it in a vacuum, and we practice with other organizations both tabletop and active.”
Young said he could not go into any specific details about how DPS would handle an emergency involving a gunman on campus because of potential safety concerns.
Local authorities meet monthly to discuss and study events from across the nation, he said.