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Reports of man with gun put East Wake High on lockdown

Posted March 12, 2012

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— Students at East Wake High School participating in after-school activities Monday afternoon were put on code yellow lockdown after reports of a man with a gun at a nearby gas station.

Wake County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens said three people called to report seeing a man with a gun at a Sheetz gas station in Wendell, less than a mile from the school, shortly before 5 p.m.

Nothing suspicious has been found, but sheriff's deputies planned to stay on school grounds until all school activities were over.

A Wake County schools spokesman said no students were believed to be in danger. Code yellow lockdown means that all exterior school doors are locked but activities can go on normally inside the building.

Deputies will continue to patrol the area throughout the evening, Stephens said.


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  • ken278 Mar 13, 2012

    The gas station is not a mile from the school. Its less than that. I have kids that go to school there. In this area of the county we see guns and rifles all the time. I'm sure there was cause or concern for someone to call about the gun. I'd rather them take caution than have a criminal on campus. Protecting the children...that's what the lock down was about, not about taking away anyone' right to carry a weapon. The kids can't carry or have in there vehicles to protect themselves or even have an aspirin in their possession. Without the protections the kids were like sitting ducks! Last year around this time when there was a manhunt going on and they did NOT lock down the school. The fugitive ended up drinking water from a cooler amongst the students in track practice. Overreaction?? I think NOT.

  • justincaseur2 Mar 13, 2012

    The one calling the PD is attempting to violate the gun owners civil rights as guaranteed by the constitution. I won't compare it to trying to get someone arrested simply because of their skin color but the right to be any skin color and the right to bear arms are guaranteed and protected by the Constitution of the United States. I can't help it if a person is afraid of a gun but I can help them get over that fear by directing them to educational resources when they see me carrying. Violating someones constitutional and legal rights simply because you are uncomfortable with the exercise of those right is not alright. It is not legal. It is not acceptable. And it's just not neighborly.

  • fisunt Mar 13, 2012

    Agree with all of you and esp the Supreme Court over their rulings. The problem is with the soccer mom/dad who is terrorized by simply seeing one of us anywhere with a weapon. She makes a call and everything is blown way out of proportion. Over reaction yes. They would freak if they had any idea how many of us carry. It doesn't bother me in the least bit to see someone carry openly but I am not the one calling the PD.

  • Pirate01 Mar 13, 2012

    This is an idiotic over reaction. You can legally carry a gun at a gas station. In fact you are a fool if you do not carry a weapon to protect yourself and your family. For those saying any over reaction is perfectly fine....if you give up all of your Freedoms and Rights the government will try and keep you very safe.

  • MagnumLoads Mar 13, 2012

    Overreaction. Carrying a gun, per se, does not amount to an offense. NC does have open carry. It is the manner in which the weapon is displayed; For any lawful purpose--either of business or amusement--the citizen is at perfect liberty to carry his gun. It is the wicked purpose, and the mischievous result, which essentially constitute the crime." State vs. Huntley

  • justincaseur2 Mar 13, 2012

    I won't argue the merits of legal statutes (I am not a lawyer) concerning GATTOTP but it is one of the most abused and misunderstood laws in NC, even by many CCW instructors and law enforcement officers. I would suggest that you review the case of State V. Robert S. Huntley wherein the Supreme Court stated in their findings about this law and I quote: "it is to be remembered that the carrying of a gun, per se, constitutes no offense. For any lawful purpose -- either of business or amusement -- the citizen is at perfect liberty to carry his gun."

  • RonnieR Mar 13, 2012

    fisunt, you have to be doing something threatening other than just carrying a weapon to be charged with that. See State v Robert S Huntley.

  • vh24unc2 Mar 13, 2012

    My brother is a county deputy, my husband is a concealed carry instuctor. I went to East Wake and I know where that store is. This was the stupidest thing I have ever heard of. What does "man with a gun" mean. Was he waving it around? Was he pointing and threatening people? Or was he carring it on his hip maybe like a plain clothes police officer?? I did not hear anything this story that made me think anybody was in danger.

  • canucmypointofview Mar 13, 2012

    "go about armed to the terror of the public." you should have learned this in your CCW class

    Your point? Dude was getting gas, right? Geez.

  • fisunt Mar 13, 2012

    Read up on your laws especially the archaic ones. It may be legal to carry both openly and concealed with a CCW but you still cannot "go about armed to the terror of the public." you should have learned this in your CCW class