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Police: Man with umbrella prompted ECU lockdown

GREENVILLE, NC (WCTI) — The East Carolina University campus was eerily empty Wednesday just before lunchtime.

Authorities from three different departments swarmed the East Carolina campus after video from a traffic camera seemed to show a man with a gun near campus. That item turned out to be an umbrella.

The entire campus was placed on lockdown around 10 a.m. because of reports of a man with a gun near campus came into police.That lockdown was lifted just before 1 p.m. after authorities found the man in the video and learned about the umbrella.

For nearly three hours, officials from ECU and Greenville Police in coordination with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Department searched the ECU campus for what they believed to be a man with a gun. The initial report of a gun came from footage seen from a traffic camera, Greenville Police Sgt. Carlton Williams said.

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