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UNC reports 'no evidence' of an armed individual at the Ambulatory Care Center Friday

A UNC Chapel Hill police car parked on campus on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.

Updated 3:50 p.m.: There is no evidence of an armed individual being at the UNC Ambulatory Care Center Friday, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Integrity & Risk Management George Battle said in a statement. 

An unspent bullet was found on the scene, and UNC Police determined the bullet belonged to a responding officer on the scene, Battle said in the statement.

What happened? 

  • Orange County 911 alerted UNC Police of a 911 call reporting an armed individual at the Ambulatory Care Center at 11:31 a.m. Friday. 
  • UNC Police arrived at the scene at 11:34 a.m. 
  • UNC issued the Alert Carolina at 11:42 a.m. and evacuated the building without confirmation of an armed individual, Battle said in the statement. 
  • The all-clear was issued at 12:21 p.m. after a search and review of security camera footage.

“We recognize there was a gap in communication while the investigation was ongoing to confirm there was no threat on campus. We apologize to our campus community for the delay in communications about those details, but we want to make sure any information we share is as accurate and as complete as possible," Battle said in the statement. 

Battle said he is grateful for the response of UNC Police, UNC Hospital Police, Town and county law enforcement agencies.

Updated 2:30 p.m.: There is no change to Friday’s class schedule, UNC Media Relations said in an email to the DTH.

The Commission on Campus Equality and Student Equity said in tweet that it encourages faculty to not hold classes for the remainder of Friday. 

“The Commission urges the University to not normalize violence and spikes in anxiety and stress among students,” the commission said in the tweet. 

Updated 1:30 p.m.: The University said UNC Police are unable to confirm a weapon was present this afternoon and confirmed there is no active threat in the area. 

UNC Police continue to review security footage, UNC Media Relations said in an email to the DTH.  

Updated 12:25 p.m.: The University issued an "All clear" via an Alert Carolina message Friday afternoon, saying it is safe to resume normal activities. 

University police reported an armed and dangerous person at the Ambulatory Care Center, located at 102 Mason Farm Rd, in an Alert Carolina message Friday morning. 

The message ordered recipients to shelter in place and "avoid area near ACC." The University confirmed in a second message that the armed individual is near the Ambulatory Care Center.  The University also activated Alert Carolina sirens. 

University Police are advising all students, faculty and staff to: 

  • Go inside immediately.
  • Close windows and doors.
  • Stay until further notice.
  • Comply with directions from emergency responders or University officials. 

This is a developing story. 

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