A three-hour lockdown at North Carolina A&T has been lifted and students are being allowed back on campus.

An earlier lockdown that affected eight GCS schools has been cancelled as of 12:15 p.m. All schools have resumed a normal schedule.

The STEM Early College and Middle College, which are located on the university’s campus, were part of the lockdown, as were Aycock Middle, The Middle College at Bennett, Bluford Elementary, Dudley High, The Academy at Lincoln and Washington Elementary.

All schools followed lockdown procedures because of their proximity to the campus, per the direction of law enforcement.

Around 9 a.m., the A&T Police Department received a report of an unknown black male with a rifle in the area of the General Classroom Building.

Around 12:15 p.m., Nicole Pride, the Communications Chief at North Carolina A&T, confirmed the lockdown had been lifted.

Pride said the suspect has been been located. He is described as approximately 5’11″ wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans, blue cap and white t-shirt.]

A&T could not say if the suspect is a student.

The school posted the following alerts:

*** A black male has been seen carrying a rifle on Campus. The University is on lockdown. Everyone should stay inside, close and lock your doors and windows. ***

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