A man reported to be carrying a gun toward ECU's campus actually was carrying an umbrella, officials said today.
Reports that he was carrying a gun prompted a three-hour long lockdown of East Carolina University and a large search of campus and the surrounding area by armed police. Officials ended the lockdown just before 1 p.m., and a campuswide email from Chancellor Steve Ballard said the reports turned out to be unfounded.
Scores of police with guns and rifles drawn responded following two 10 a.m. reports that the man was walking on Fifth Street downtown toward campus. A search produced no arrest, officials said, and no hostage situations took place.
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