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Lockdowns lifted at 2 North Carolina colleges

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Lockdowns for two North Carolina college campuses were lifted Friday after separate incidents involving reports of guns.

North Carolina Central University imposed a lockdown after an attempted armed robbery at a residence hall, according to a statement issued by the school.

Officials said the suspect displayed a weapon but ran away without getting anything. There was a second report of a gunman in a classroom complex, but that sighting was determined to be false.

The lockdown at N.C. Central was lifted around 3 p.m.

Earlier Friday, North Carolina A&T State University was placed on lockdown after reports of a man with a rifle on campus.

Prior to the lockdown being lifted at A&T, spokeswoman Nettie Rowland said no shots had been fired and that police had a description of the suspect. School officials did not respond to phone calls seeking additional information on why the lockdown was lifted.

The lockdown on the Greensboro campus was lifted in the early afternoon.

The two campuses are approximately 50 miles apart.

Officials at Elizabeth City State University in northeastern North Carolina issued a lockdown late Thursday night after a report of shots fired on campus. Students were ordered to remain in their residence halls after the lockdown was lifted around 1 a.m. Friday.

While there were no reports of injuries, the school said a campus police officer received a scrape on his face, though it’s not clear how.

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