UPDATE AT 5:30 a.m.:
University Police continue to search for a gunman they describe as a 5’11” light skinned black male weighing about 230 lbs. wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, red bandana.
University officials say classes will go on as usual and students are now allowed to move around campus with caution.
THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM UNCW SENT AT 2:00AM:
Police at the University of North Carolina Wilmington continue to search for a gunman who was spotted on the UNCW main campus shortly before midnight on Monday, November 14, 2011. The gunman reportedly robbed a person in the Hardees parking lot on College Road and fled onto the UNCW main campus. No shots were fired and there are no reported injuries. The suspect is a black male, approximately 18 to 21 years old, carrying a small caliber handgun. Additional police have been brought in to search campus properties and buildings as well as to follow up on leads.
The victim in the Hardees robbery is not a UNCW student. UNCW and Wilmington police responded to the incident and saturated the area. At this time, the suspect has not been located. Officers continue to patrol the campus and peripheral areas, with the safety of the campus community as their top priority.
The campus has been asked to stay alert and to report any related information to UNCW Police at 911. Updates have been sent to the campus via email, text messages, voice mail messages and postings to the UNCW homepage and the Emergency Information Hotline at 888.675.5751.
More information will be provided as it is available.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are searching for a gunman on the UNC Wilmington campus. Students received an e-mail alerting them to the threat around midnight.
A robbery occurred at the Hardee’s on South College Road just before midnight. A woman was robbed a gunpoint. Her wallet and cell phone were stolen. The man then headed in the direction of UNCW, which is less than a block away.
There are few details available at this time. We have a crew at the scene. Tune to “Good Morning Carolina” starting at 6 a.m. for the latest information.