UNC Places Lockdown After Reports of ‘Armed and Dangerous’ Person on Chapel Hill Campus: Live Updates

UNC placed on lockdown for ‘armed and dangerous person'

The University of North Carolina's Chapel Hill campus has been placed on lockdown for the second time in two weeks after reports of an “armed and dangerous person.”

Alert sent at 12.54pm. ET, asking students and staff to “go inside now” and “avoid windows” due to the threat “on or near campus.” The all-clear came out on 14.10.

No other official details have been released about the alert. However, local TV station WRAL reported that police were on the lookout for a suspect involved in an incident at the Alpine Bagel in the UNC Student Union after a person was seen with a firearm.

This marks the second terrifying incident at the school in just over two weeks. On August 28, the campus was on lockdown for hours amid reports of an “armed and dangerous individual.”

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 Natural Sciences.

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One person was taken into custody, the report says

Police arrested one person on Formosa Avenue in Chapel Hill, north of the UNC campus, WRAL reported.

Graeme MasseySeptember 13, 2023 8:03 p.m

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Police give ‘all clear' to UNC campus

UNC campus police lifted the lockdown after more than an hour following reports of an “armed and dangerous person.”

A campus alert was sent at 12:54 p.m. ET, asking students and staff to “go inside now” and “avoid windows” due to the threat posed “on or near campus.”

At 2.10pm the university issued an updated notice which said: “All clear. All OK. Continue normal activities.”

Andrea CavalierSeptember 13, 2023 7:16 p.m

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The latest alert comes two weeks after professor Zijie Yan was shot on campus

Zijie Yan, an associate professor in the Department of Applied Natural Sciences and a researcher, was shot and killed last month on campus, prompting an hours-long lockdown.

Mr. Yan was listed as the academic adviser to the alleged killer of UNC doctoral student Tailei Qi, 34, who was arrested in the attack.

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 murdered professor left behind two young daughters.

He was shot at Caudill Lab, which is about a quarter of a mile from the student union that houses the Alpine Bagel Cafe, where police have been involved in Wednesday's incident. Students were seen running from the student union, WRAL reported.

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The lockdown comes 24 hours after UNC students protested the state's gun laws

The latest lockdown comes just 24 hours after UNC students protested the state's gun laws in nearby Raleigh, chanting “Vote them out” to politicians in attendance.

Just last month, Zijie Yan, an associate professor in the Department of Applied Natural Sciences, was murdered on the campus of Chapel Hill.

Andrea CavalierSeptember 13, 2023 6:55 p.m

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Police are on the lookout for the suspect involved in the Alpine Bagel incident

Police are on the lookout for a suspect involved in an incident at the Alpine Bagel in the UNC Student Union after a person was seen with a firearm, according to WRAL.

Sources told the TV station that no shots had 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 the sound of sirens going off across campus was posted on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

Andrea CavalierSeptember 13, 2023 6:46 p.m

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Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in ‘safe operation'

All Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools have been advised to enter a “Safe Mode” due to reports of an armed and dangerous person on or near the UNC campus.

That means doors will be locked, people are not allowed in or out, and classroom instruction can continue inside as normal, according to a tweet.

“Stay close to your phone and email for updates as we monitor this new and ongoing situation,” it advises.

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UNC issues alert after reports of ‘armed and dangerous' person on campus

An alert on the University of North Carolina campus was sent at 12:54 p.m. ET, asking students and staff to “go inside now” and “avoid windows” due to the threat posed “on or near campus.”

The campus has been placed on lockdown for an “armed and dangerous individual.”

UNC Media Relations said it has no additional information at this time.

Andrea CavalierSeptember 13, 2023 6:28 p.m

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Breaking: UNC campus on lockdown

The University of North Carolina campus has been placed on lockdown for an “armed and dangerous individual” just two weeks after a faculty member was fatally shot there.

A campus alert was sent at 12:54 p.m. ET, asking students and staff to “go inside now” and “avoid windows” due to the threat posed “on or near campus.”

Police are on the lookout for a suspect involved in an incident at the Alpine Bagel in the UNC Student Union after a person was seen with a firearm, according to WRAL.

Graeme MasseySeptember 13, 2023 6:21 p.m