Lawson Street Residence Hall Incident Updates

Posted April 03, 2024, 8:27AM

*Issued April 23, 3:17 p.m.

On Monday, April 22, North Carolina Central University students, Jayiana Mitchell, E’Rico Hill and Keyatta Carmichael, voluntarily surrendered to the NCCU Police Department. They have been charged with conspiring to commit armed robbery.  

E’Rico Hill, who sustained non-life threatening injuries during the April 2 incident and has since been released from the hospital, is also identified as the victim.

Further arrests related to this incident are anticipated, and additional details will be provided to the campus community as they become available.

If you have information regarding this matter, please reach out to the NCCU Police Department at 919-530-5397.

We thank you for your patience as the NCCU Police continues to work on resolving this case. The safety and well-being of our community is our top priority.

*Issued April 12, 2:39 p.m.

North Carolina Central University Police has made additional arrests regarding the incident at Lawson Street Residence Hall.

Shazyah Bell and Paris Amos, both NCCU students, have each been charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Additional arrests related to this incident are forthcoming, and further details will be provided to the campus community as they become available.

Anyone with information regarding this matter is encouraged to contact the NCCU Police Department at 919-530-5397.

We appreciate your patience as NCCU Police works to resolve this case. Ensuring the safety and well-being of our community remains our top priority.

*Issued April 10, 7:19 p.m.

North Carolina Central University Police has made an arrest regarding the incident at Lawson Street Residence Hall.

Eric Randall, an NCCU student, has been charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon. Additional arrests related to this incident are forthcoming, and further details will be provided to the campus community as they become available.

We appreciate your patience as NCCU Police works to resolve this case. Ensuring the safety and well-being of our community remains our top priority.

*Issued April 5, 4:14 p.m.

We would like to update you on the ongoing investigation regarding the recent incident at Lawson Street Residence Hall.

The North Carolina Central University Police Department is diligently working to bring this matter to a resolution and has identified persons of interest.

We extend our sincere gratitude to the students who have been proactive in reporting anything suspicious. Your vigilance is crucial in maintaining the safety of our campus. Please continue to alert NCCU Police at 919-530-6106 if you notice anything concerning. As a result of your cooperation, NCCU Police has trespassed several individuals from residence halls since Wednesday, April 3.

Students are encouraged to sign up for the RAVE Mobility System, which provides notifications in the event of a campus-wide emergency. You can find more information on how to download the app at https://www.nccu.edu/administration/university-police/emergency-management.  

Counseling services are also readily available to students. You can schedule appointments by calling 919-530-7646 or visiting the Counseling Center at the Student Health Building, Second Floor, from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, drop-in hours are offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., though there may be wait times during this period. For assistance after 5 p.m., crisis management services are accessible through the same contact number, connecting you with an extended team of counselors. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to utilize the ComPsych guidance resources available on the university’s HR page

We will keep you informed of any new developments as the investigation progresses. 

*Issued April 3, 5:31 p.m.

At North Carolina Central University, the safety and well-being of our community are top priorities. In light of the recent incident at Lawson Street Residence Hall, we want to share a few updates with you.

First and foremost, we are relieved to report that the student who sustained gunshot wounds is currently receiving medical care at a hospital and is in stable condition. The injuries are non-life-threatening.

Our dedicated NCCU Police Department has been diligently investigating the incident. They have acquired physical identities of the suspects to aid in their ongoing investigation.

During this difficult time, counseling services remain available to students. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 919-530-7646 or visiting the Counseling Center at the Student Health Building, Second Floor, from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drop-in hours are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., although there may be a wait time during this period. For assistance after 5 p.m., crisis management services are available through the same contact number, providing access to an extended team of counselors. 

Faculty and staff are also encouraged to utilize the ComPsych guidance resources on the university’s HR page.

We will continue to keep you informed of new developments when available.

*Issued April 3, 2:05 a.m.

At approximately 10:15 p.m. on April 2, 2024, North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Police Department received reports of possible gunshots at the Lawson Street Residence Hall. NCCU police officers were on the scene at the time of the reports preparing to conduct proactive safety checks of the residence hall. The officers were able to respond quickly to assess the situation and the order for a campus lockdown was initiated. City of Durham EMS happened to be on the scene attending to an unrelated medical call. EMS rendered aid to one person who sustained one or more gunshot wounds and who was then transported to the hospital. The investigation into the incident is ongoing and more information will be provided as it becomes available. 

There is no continuing danger to the campus and the lockdown was lifted at approximately 12:20 a.m. on April 3, 2024. 

We would like to thank our students for their quick action in notifying law enforcement and their continued efforts to help keep NCCU safe. 

Counseling services and a case manager will be available at Lawson Street Residence Hall for residents and students who would like to speak with someone or need support beginning at 8:30 a.m. on April 3, 2024.

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