All clear given after possible gunman reported at William Peace University in Raleigh, police say

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Raleigh police said they were unable to find a gunman on the William Peace University campus Monday afternoon.

The university first posted about the threat of a possible gunman on their website on Monday. The alert asked everyone to “seek shelter.”

“A possible gunman was reported on his way to campus. Shelter in place until further notice,” the alert read.

During a news conference around 3:45 p.m., the university announced that all classes were canceled for the rest of Monday.

Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D., President of William Peace University, said that there would be “continued heightened security measures for the remainder of the day.”

Ralph also said a possible gunman was never on campus, but there were reports the person was headed for the school.

“At no time was campus safety compromised in any way,” Ralph said, adding that the possible gunman was not a student.

A post on Twitter at 1:43 p.m. said: “Raleigh Police is investigating a possible gunman on campus.”

Earlier, at 1:28 p.m., the university, which is located just north of downtown Raleigh along Peace Street near Capital Boulevard, also posted a tweet with the same original information.

Several Raleigh police vehicles and officers were seen on campus around 1:35 p.m.

“Everyone was, like, chaotic. No one know what was going on,” said junior Nuri Abdsalan.

“You close the doors, lock the door, get away from the windows,” added senior Lillie Durant. “Go to, like, a safe space and don’t make any noise.

As of 2:15 p.m. sirens on campus were still sounding alarms, a CBS 17 reporter on the scene said.

But around 2:45 p.m., Raleigh police said no gunman was found during a search of the campus and that no threat was found.

Police said they were still investigating the issue.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

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