Police: Man with umbrella prompted ECU lockdown

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Submitted: Wed, 11/16/2011 - 9:27pm

GREENVILLE, NC (AP) — A three-hour lockdown at East Carolina University was triggered when a man carrying an umbrella was mistaken for a gunman.

University spokeswoman Mary Schulken said the lockdown began about 10 a.m. when personnel from the Greenville Police Department monitoring a surveillance camera saw a man near campus who appeared to be carrying an assault rifle. An alert was issued ordering students, faculty and staff to stay inside and lock their doors.

Heavily armed officers from at least four law enforcement agencies responded in force, sweeping campus buildings, searching buses and briefly surrounding a nearby house. A state Highway Patrol helicopter hovered overhead.

Schulken said the response was justified even though it turned out to be based on a false report.

Calls to Greenville police seeking comment were not returned.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


  • Guesst says:

    We’re not safe, we’re sorry: Infotainment-controlled nanny-state infantiles dependent on terror-hyping authority-figures disingenuously promi$ing to protect us from all risk of harm.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Don’t you think that it is better to be safe than sorry?

  • slamminsammy111 says:

    We are happy as parents of an ECU student that the system was tested, and it worked. Our hats off to ECU police and others that are there to protect our child. V Tech wasn’t all that long ago, or I guess most of these people that post dribble about “paranoia” and protecting our students from the ECU police either have drug numbed memories, or were still in diapers. Toke on happy future.

  • Guest21 says:

    Do you really think that anyone planning a shooting spree at a school is going to display a shotgun while walking down the street? The simple fact remains, if somebody wants to do harm, they will find a way. Surprise is on their side. How long did it take all those cops to find the offending umbrella?

  • Guest Reply says:

    Wait just a Cotton Pickin’ Minute!
    What’s his name on the movie…”The Avengers” had an umbrella that shoosted bullets…or spitballs/rubber bands or something. This guy at ECU may have been a Secret Agent out on a mission or somethin’…and this was a “Tommy Burk Sheenmagun” in disguise!

  • Guest357sig says:

    How can we protect our college kids against armed criminals if those same criminals can’t read the “No Guns Allowed” signs? Surly if they knew it was illegal they would not have brought a weapon on campus.

    Ask any law abiding citizen where their gun is, and it’s safely away from any school property.

    Help fight illiteracy among bad guys!

  • 421 says:

    Maybe we should be protecting them from cops that can’t tell an umbrella from a gun. Spy cameras and paranoia are strange companions which can cause much inconvenience to the public and embarrassment to those who are not as smart as they think.

  • Guest@ECU says:

    ….Is that a joke?

  • Guest56 says:

    Whos the real illiterate moron the one that cant read signs or the one that cant read the title of the post

  • Guest83747 says:

    Surely you don’t believe that. Criminals don’t exactly care for the law, they wouldn’t be criminals if they did. Knowing how to read a sign is not going to deter a CRIMINAL from committing a crime. To think so is just naive beyond belief.

  • pirates09 says:

    Help fight illiteracy among bad guys? How about those who obviously can’t read the article that they are commenting on, or spell the words in their own post. It was an umbrella…typically used to slaughter rain drops in defensive fashion.

    Nice job reading before you write darling.

  • ECU Parent says:

    I know that, after the fact, it’s a relief that the ‘gunman’ was in fact a man carrying an umbrella. However, kudos to the authorities for moving quickly on what they suspected was a dangerous situation. As the parent of an ECU student, I appreciate that.

  • Guest5005 says:

    Obviously the dude writing about the literacy rates of criminals was being facetious. I applaud their knack for satire, because obviously if someone were on campus with gun in hand and the mindset to spill the blood of the innocent, the last thing they would be thinking about is whether or not they should have a gun on campus. I’m sorry that everyone did not have the wit to recognize good humor…and Guest83747…I don’t even have words for you, only God knows how you might interpret them, well done.

  • pirate9 says:

    As an ECU parent, it really makes me comfortable knowing how the Greenville Police and ECU responded!

    Thank you for the Security!!

  • Justin America says:

    We have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves and for future generations a new world order, a world where the rule of law, not the law of the jungle, governs the conduct of nations. When we are successful, and we will be, we have a real chance at this new world order. …for the innocents caught in this conflict, I pray for their safety. George Busch the elder, January 16, 1991.

  • Guest rain dodger says:

    This story clearly shows the need for stricter umbrella control.

  • guesty says:

    We will have to get purchase permits to buy umbrellas now. Make sure all your umbrellas are registered and properly stored to prevent access by a minor.

  • Guest2020 says:

    I have a niece at ECU. Thanks go out to all the law enforcement officers who worked to make sure that she and everyone else on campus was safe.

  • Guest357sig says:

    My previous post was in response to the initial article. One the possibility of a gun was mentioned, before the umbrella was identified as the culprit.

    The timestamp of the story vs. the timestamp bears this out.

    Are we good, Darlin’?

  • Obsama says:

    The terrorists have won.

  • Guest21 says:

    Yes, guest@ECU……..I think it was meant as a joke. If you are truly at ECU, maybe you should ask for a refund on your tuition…you are not absorbing much education.

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