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UNC campus put on alert after nearby assault, shooting

Posted November 14, 2012

UNC-Chapel Hill seal on sidewalk

— The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is operating under an alert condition Wednesday morning after an assault and shooting at a Franklin Street business, campus officials said. 

According to an alert posted on the school's website about 4:50 a.m., a man hit two females about 2 a.m. at a business in the 100 block of East Franklin Street, pulled out a gun and fired one shot. No one was injured by the gunfire, officials said.

The alert "does not reflect an immediate threat to health or safety but may indicate a continuing danger to the campus or the community," the school's website said. 

More information about where the assault took place was not immediately available.

The suspect, described as a black male wearing a white coat with brown trim, fled the scene following the incident. Officials believe he could have fled in the direction of campus. 

Chapel Hill and campus police are seeking the public's help in identifying the man. Anyone with information should call 911 or contact the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

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  • carrboroyouth Nov 15, 2012

    "What in the world was these two ladies doing out at this hour of the morning? Ladies certain times of the nights and early morning is not a good idea to be out there and alone"

    Victim blaming... they have every right to be out at that hour. 2 am is not even late in college. Would this be less tragic if it happened at 2pm? I know one of the assaulted women and I know she wouldn't think so.
    And please do NOT bring Eve Carson into this. Students have to stay up late all the time to finish our work and she is not responsible for her death. Her MURDERERS are. Why don't we place the blame on those who broke the law!?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 14, 2012

    4:50 a.m., a man hit two females about 2 a.m.

    What in the world was these two ladies doing out at this hour of the morning? Ladies certain times of the nights and early morning is not a good idea to be out there and alone. How about think about the late Ms. Eve Carson. She did the same but did not live to tell her story. Can you even learn from her story. Its a dangerous world we now live in. Be cautious and very safe. Look around you when out. Don't be out those hours when you don't have to. Call a cab to get home safely.

  • TeenDad4_WorldTour Nov 14, 2012

    I remember some college kid somewhere killing himself when Bush was re-elected. Talk about a sore loser. But liberals tend to be a little over dramatic at times.
    Crumps Br0ther
    November 14, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    Kinda like the guy in florida who just killed himself because of Obama?

  • Crumps Br0ther Nov 14, 2012

    Thats taking being a sore loser to new heights of being pathetic. May be why your candidate didn't win. The perpetual hate being spewed in the blogs by the extremes of your party has soured the entire party to many independents.
    cantstandgoloanymore

    I remember some college kid somewhere killing himself when Bush was re-elected. Talk about a sore loser. But liberals tend to be a little over dramatic at times.

  • issymayake Nov 14, 2012

    You mean... the same kids who voted for 4 more years of socialist policies? Those ones?
    offthegrid7165

    Wait, I thought Cornell West, a card carrying socialist called Obama a Rockefeller Republican? how can he be socialist if the socialists don't think he's socialist?

    lol

    Anyway, I'm glad they used their alert system properly. We had a shooting near campus two weeks ago; and they called, texted and set off emergency lights all over campus. Good to know they can react quickly to things.

  • ginny159 Nov 14, 2012

    @Native NC Girl: I think the picture takes care of your question. Unless, you are disgruntled about the headline not mentioning it.

  • TeenDad4_WorldTour Nov 14, 2012

    You mean... the same kids who voted for 4 more years of socialist policies? Those ones?
    offthegrid7165
    November 14, 2012 9:36 a.m.
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    I am not the least bit surprised that the smartest kids from NC dont see things the same way you do.

  • Native NC gal Nov 14, 2012

    "Much to do about nothing..." offthegrid7165

    An armed man attacking innocent people is far from nothing. Shame on you.

  • aetius476 Nov 14, 2012

    "Campus area crime needs to stop. The criminals that hang out there have absolutely no business being there except to cause trouble and pose threats to the students and residents of Chapel Hill." - Native NC gal

    I live and work in downtown CH and can tell you that there are a lot of "street people" that hang out and roam E. Franklin near UNC. They typically only cause trouble among themselves.

    There are always police or ambulances down there because of fights, assaults, and drunkenness. Rarely are students or others involved or threatened.

    It is a sad fact of life in CH...

  • pinball wizard Nov 14, 2012

    The headline doesn't state which UNC campus.

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