Alert issued after witnesses report possible weapons on N.C. State campus

kjahner@newsobserver.comJanuary 25, 2012 

North Carolina State University police issued a security alert Wednesday after two different reports of individuals possibly carrying guns on campus.

But a spokesman, stressing that the situation was being taken very seriously, couldn’t rule out the possibility that the individuals sighted were taking part in a scheduled charitable Nerf zombie war.

“We still implore people to be vigilant,” said NCSU spokesman Mick Kulikowski, who also said that aside from the two calls, no one else ever reported seeing a suspicious suspect or the subjects in question.

The first NCSU Zombie War for Charity was held last fall, and Monday was the start of another rendition of a week-long game. In it, zombies and humans battle, with zombies trying to convert humans to stay alive in the game and humans hunting zombies with Nerf guns and trying to avoid getting converted.

Police searched for the two college-aged suspects described by the witnesses but found neither. There was no campus lockdown; classes continued as scheduled.

The first witness called in a description of a college-age, heavy set male wearing a blue toboggan hat, dark jacket and dark pants walking on Current Drive toward Hillsborough Street at 10:43 a.m. At noon, a witness reported a roughly 20-year-old man possibly carrying a gun heading towards Riddick Hall in a toboggan hat, tan jacket and baggy blue jeans.

Jahner: 919-829-4822

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