North Carolina: CPCC Campus on Lockdown; Later Lifted

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
October 2, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Central Piedmont Communty College (CPCC) North Campus, also known as Merancas Campus, hin Huntersville, North Carolina, was placed on lockdown amid reports of a gunman.

UPDATE: The school said the lockdown was lifted at around 12:30 p.m. Classes are still being held later.

The campus, via its Facebook page, wrote: “CPCC’s Merancas Campus is currently sheltering in place. Huntersville Police are in the vicinity near the campus, searching for a potential suspect.”

“Suspend travel to this location until further notice. Further information will be available as it develops,” it added.

A helicopter from WSOC-TV said police area searching a forested area near the campus for a purported gunman.   The station wrote on Twitter that police were seen on dirtbikes looking for the possible gunman.

Station WCCB first reported on the alleged gunman on campus.

“My cpcc campus is on lockdown,” said one user on Twitter.

“I’m in locked down at cpcc, police are searching for 2 armed man and there are news helicopters outside. Hopefully I’m safe,” wrote user Khodor Alrifai.

Another user, Katie Case, wrote that the campus was “surround[ed] by police” and was shut down.

Reports said that a student told officials they saw two men on campus with guns.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.