Police want to speak to 'person of interest' in NC Central shooting

Authorities have backed off calling former student a suspect, and now say he is a "person of interest"
November 22, 2013 10:43:31 AM PST
Authorities at North Carolina Central University say they want to talk to a "person of interest" in a shooting on campus Thursday.

Police had originally named 20-year-old Crandall Ingram as the suspect, but backed off that Friday.

On Thursday, police said they believed Ingram tried shooting someone on campus around 2:30 p.m. His alleged target ran inside the Mary Townes Science Building, which sent the entire campus on lockdown for about 30 minutes.

"Witnesses said they saw someone walking across campus, vehicle came up, [and a] shot was fired," said NCCU Police Chief Timothy Bellamy.

But while police are still looking for Ingram. A person believed to be him has been pretty active on Twitter. There are several tweets denying any involvement. He claimed to be in court Thursday, and said his lawyers are on standby.

Students on campus Thursday said three or four shots were fired. It sent police swarming - searching the entire area.

"They were knocking on our doors telling us to turn the lights off," said student Kiana Smith. "That's when everyone started freaking out."

The campus went into lockdown.  

"We heard people screaming," said Smith.  

Ciani Vega, who was one of the many students trapped inside the Science Building, is also a former roommate of Ingram.

"He was one of the first guys I met here," said Vega. "He was actually my roommate for orientation. He seemed cool at first but not anybody I would want to hang around with."

Ingram is a former student at NCCU because he was banned almost two years ago. The chief would not elaborate why, but says he was already wanted for trespassing. He was seen on campus just last week.

If you know anything about Ingram's whereabouts, you are asked to call police.

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