CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Reports of shots fired on a North Carolina university campus Tuesday prompted a lockdown and chaotic scenes in North Carolina’s largest city.
UNC Charlotte issued a campus lockdown late Tuesday afternoon, saying that shots had been fired.
Mecklenburg Emergency Medical Services have said that two people were found dead at the scene, two have life-threatening injuries, and two others have non-life threatening injuries.
Emergency medical services have also sent a mass casualty bus on the way.
#BREAKING Heading to @unccharlotte Reports of shots fired on campus. @MecklenburgEMS mass casualty bus is en route as well. Huge response from @CMPD Working to get info. Stay with @wcnc pic.twitter.com/2rgX4VPfWZ
— Xavier Walton (@xmanwalton) April 30, 2019
— jim@njslea (@njslea) April 30, 2019
“Shots reported near kennedy. Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately,” the university said in an alert, referring to the school’s Kennedy building on campus.
Aerial shots from local television news outlets showed police officers running toward a building, while another view showed students running on a campus sidewalk.
The university later reported that law enforcement officers were sweeping campus buildings.
NinerAlert: Buildings being swept by law enforcement.
Law enforcement is individually sweeping buildings on campus. Follow officer commands.
— UNCC OEM (@NinerAlerts) April 30, 2019
— News flash (@BRNewsFlash) April 30, 2019
It was not immediately clear whether a suspect was in custody. School officials couldn’t be reached for immediate comment Tuesday evening.
The campus was to host a concert at the school’s football stadium.
The university has more than 26,500 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) April 30, 2019
Epoch Times reporter Alan Cheung contributed to this article