Three students report being robbed at gunpoint on Chowan University campus

Posted at 4:27 PM, Sep 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-29 22:54:37-04

MURFREESBORO, N.C. - Multiple violent incidents at one local university.

Students at Chowan University are on edge after a shooting and armed robbery took place on campus within the span of a week.

Campus was back to its normal calm and quiet self on Sunday afternoon but some undergraduates, like Jaisean White, were still spooked.

"It could have been me, it could have been anybody," he said.

White is a sophomore at the university and said he was inside his dorm watching football when he received a text cautioning him to shelter in place.

"I just hate that we have to go through this. We’re just on campus trying to learn something," he said.

Chowan University officials detailed a robbery that happened on campus Saturday.

The university statement said three Chowan students reported that they were robbed of cell phones and a debit card near Dunn Hall. They said one of the three suspects had a firearm.

After the incident the students said they walked back to their residence in Parker Hall and called police.

An alert went out to students and university officials said no one was injured.

A shelter in place notice was put in place at 10:08 p.m., and was lifted at 11:54 p.m., after a complete sweep of campus was done.

This incident comes just a week after a shooting on the other side of campus at Whites Crossing student housing.

According to the University, officers responded after a report of shots fired. In a release to students and parents they said, "to our knowledge, no students were injured on campus. However, two students were injured off-campus and were treated and released from area medical facilities."

Authorities arrested two suspects in connection to the shooting.

Students like Layla Butler-Johnston tell News 3 they want something to be done because they don't feel safe, "They need more security out here. They need to block of the campus to where you need to have access to come on because anyone can walk on campus and they look like a student but they’re really not."

Both incidents are believed to be involving people from the Murfreesboro community and not solely Chowan University students.

The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information at this time.

If you have any information that can help authorities call Chowan University Campus Police at 252-398-1234.

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