Lockdown lifted at Wingate University after two killed near campus
Posted December 4, 2013
Wingate, N.C. — A lockdown has been lifted at Wingate University near Charlotte after police say two people were killed and a third person was injured in a shooting near the campus.
Union County law enforcement officials gave the "all clear" at Wingate around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday night, nearly two and a half hours after the lockdown was put into place.
WBTV has learned the incident took place along E. Wilson Street, near the entrance to the College Park community, around 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. This street runs along Wingate's campus.
Two people are confirmed dead, a third person had to be airlifted to the hospital.
Wingate University issued immediate lockdown procedures for the main campus.
"Please remain calm," an alert sent to student on Wednesday evening stated. "Move to the nearest building and close and lock all doors and windows. Close all blinds and turn off the lights."
Just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Wingate University tweeted that Wingate Police believe the assailants are not on the university's campus and the lockdown was a precaution. It was lifted about 15 minute later.
"Law enforcement requests you stay away from the off-campus crime scene east of campus," a message posted on the University's Facebook page stated on Wednesday night.
Police say there are three different crime scenes within the city and officers don't believe any students are at risk.
Hospital officials from Carolinas Medical Center-Union asked for additional law enforcement officers from the area after a shooting victim was brought to the hospital for treatment.
A spokesman for Carolinas Medical Center told WBTV this was done as a precautionary measure due to the shooting happening near campus, not due to an incident at the hospital. This is common practice with these types of incidents.
That victim is reportedly being moved to Carolinas Medical Center-Main for additional treatment.