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Lockdown lifted at William Peace University in Raleigh

Raleigh police officers (lower left) stand outside the Main Residence Hall on the campus of William Peace University after a suicide threat has led to a lockdown at William Peace University on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.
Raleigh police officers (lower left) stand outside the Main Residence Hall on the campus of William Peace University after a suicide threat has led to a lockdown at William Peace University on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. ssharpe@newsobserver.com

William Peace University issued an “all clear” Monday afternoon when police determined there was no threat to the downtown Raleigh campus.

The university had advised students and staff at about 1 p.m. Monday to “shelter in place” while police investigated a possible gunman on campus. The lockdown lasted about 2 hours.

“Raleigh Police responded quickly and conducted a full investigation and determined there to be no threat,” according to a statement from the university.

The school resumed business operations and some online classes Monday, but classes on campus were canceled for the rest of the day.

“The safety of our faculty, staff, students and visitors remains our top priority. We will continue to have heightened security measures in place throughout the day to ensure the full safety of our campus,” officials wrote in the statement.

Raleigh police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said reports of a suicide threat initially led to the investigation.

“No gunman was located,” Hourigan said in an email to The News & Observer.

Police radio traffic indicated officers on the campus were focused on the Main Residence Hall, which houses upperclassmen and transfer students, according to the university’s website.

“This is NOT a drill. Shelter in place. Raleigh PD is on campus,” Brian C. Ralph, the school’s president, tweeted shortly after the alert.

“Campus officials, students and faculty responded quickly and appropriately to the potential threat to ensure the full safety of everyone on campus,” the university said in its statement.

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