A college in North Carolina went into “immediate lockdown” following an active shooter warning and lifted the lockdown hours later on Tuesday.
In a security notice labeled as “extreme,” the Southwestern Community College in North Carolina had instructed its students and faculty at the Jackson Campus to go into an immediate lockdown Tuesday at 10:24 a.m. due to an “active shooter situation” near the campus.
The college instructed faculty “to secure students in the building and lock classroom doors, staff “to secure work areas and lock office and suite door,” and “not unlock doors or allow entry until cleared by administration or law enforcement.”
In an update sent at 10:36 a.m., the college said there was “not an active shooter” and a “felon wearing body armor is on the loose.”
Southwestern added that the felon, a male, was last seen near a Lowe’s near the campus. In another notice at 10:50 a.m., the college said the felon has “fled to a wooded area behind Lowe’s.”
At 11:05 a.m., the college said that law enforcement is close to apprehending the subject.
The college lifted the lockdown at noon.