Around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, East Carolina University News Services released a statement clarifying that there was no threat to students, faculty or staff on College Hill this morning.
According to the press release, around 11:54 a.m., the ECU Police Department (ECU PD) received a phone call regarding rumors of an active shooter on campus. The alleged shooter was said to be at Todd Dining Hall on ECU’s main campus.
ECU PD watched real-time footage from on-site cameras and saw no threat, and had officers respond to the scene to confirm the information was false, according to the ECU News Services press release.
The press release said an ECU Alert is only sent out in the case of a first-person report of a threat to ECU’s campuses.
“In this instance, all reports were rumor related. ECU Police acted quickly and confirmed the rumors were false. With no first-person report and quick response by ECU Police, an ECU Alert was not issued since it would have been sent after the rumored threat was confirmed false,” the press release said.
At the time of the press release, ECU News Services said ECU PD is looking into where the active shooter rumor originated.
“The person who contacted ECUPD after hearing the initial rumor took the right course of action. Calling and reporting information about a potential threat to campus gives law enforcement the opportunity to respond and/or prevent any potential threat quickly,” according to the press release.
According to the press release, it is “vital that members of the ECU community” follow trustworthy social media accounts for information regarding safety. Additionally, the press released asked for students to sign up for ECU Alert notifications at ecu.edu/alert as well as LiveSafe.