UNC put on lockdown for ‘armed and dangerous person’
An alert was sent out at 12.54pm ET on Wednesday, asking students and staff to “go inside now” and to “avoid windows” because of the threat “on or near campus”. An all-clear alert was put out at 2.10pm.
An official told The Daily Tar Heel that the incident came when the suspect allegedly brandished a gun at Alpine Bagel over an employment-related conflict.
No shots were fired and police said that suspect Mickel Deonte Harris, 27, was arrested at around 2.45pm just north of the campus.
This marks the second terrifying incident at the school in just over two weeks. On 28 August, the campus was on lockdown for hours amid reports of an “armed and dangerous person”.
That person was identified as Tailei Qi, a 34-year-old graduate student who allegedly shot and killed Zijie Yan, an associate professor in the Department of Applied Physical Sciences.
UNC issues alert after reports of ‘armed and dangerous’ person on campus
A University of North Carolina campus alert was sent out at 12.54pm ET, asking students and staff to “go inside now” and to “avoid windows” because of the threat posed “on or near campus.”
The campus has been placed into lockdown over an “armed and dangerous person.”
UNC Media Relations said they have no additional information at this time.
UNC employee tweets taking cover in library following alert
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in ‘secure mode’
All Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools have been advised to enter “Secure Mode” due to reports of an armed and dangerous person on or near the UNC campus.
This means the doors will be locked, people are not allowed in or out, and classroom instruction can continue normally inside, according to a tweet.
“Stay close to your phone & email for updates as we monitor this new & ongoing situation,” it advised.
Police on lookout for suspect involved in incident at Alpine Bagel
Police are on the lookout for a suspect involved in an incident at Alpine Bagel at the UNC Student Union after a person was seen with a firearm, according to WRAL.
Sources told the TV station that no shots have been fired.
Video from the scene showed law enforcement vehicles parked near the student union near the intersection of Stadium Drive and South Road, and audio of the sirens going off across the campus were posted to X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
UNC police advise students and staff to ‘silence phones’
One person taken into custody, says report
Police have taken one person into custody on Formosa Lane in Chapel Hill, north of the UNC campus, reported WRAL.
Classes cancelled for remainder of day
UNC will cancel all classes for Wednesday, 13 September, according to an email sent to the university’s faculty, reported The Daily Tar Heel.
Police investigating motive for campus incident
UNC Police Chief Brian James said authorities did not know Harris’s motive and were reviewing footage of the incident at a bagel store at the student union.
“We are exploring what their relationship was,” Chief James said of the suspect’s connection with the former Alpine Bagel Shop employee. “We believe there was some type of connection.”
UNC chancellor reacts to campus incident
“It’s sad and alarming that there have been two lockdowns over the past 16 days on our campus,” UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz told reporters. “We’ve had to apprehend individuals that have violated the safety of our community.”
Latest alert comes two weeks after professor Zijie Yan shot on campus
Zijie Yan, an associate professor in the Department of Applied Physical Sciences and a researcher, was shot and killed last month on campus sparking an hours-long lockdown.
Mr Yan was listed as the academic adviser to alleged killer UNC PhD student Tailei Qi, 34, who was arrested in the shooting.
Before joining UNC in 2019, Mr Yan was an assistant professor at Clarkson University in New York and received postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago. The slain professor left behind two young daughters.
He was shot at Caudill Laboratory which is roughly a quarter-mile from the student union that houses Alpine Bagel Cafe where police have zeroed in on in the incident on Wednesday. Students were seen running from the student union, WRAL reported.
Assistant professor Zijie Yan was the suspect’s academic adviser