Man Fatally Shot Broadcasting on Facebook Live; Wingate University on Lockdown

Wingate University was put on lockdown as authorities searched for an armed gunman who fatally shot a man to death Monday morning while broadcasting on Facebook Live.

Authorities are searching for a man who is armed with a long gun following a fatal shooting near Wingate University Monday morning. The shooting occurred on Jerome Street in Wingate, North Carolina. The victim was a man in his late 40s or early 50s. His name has not yet been released.

Officials with the Union County Sheriff’s Office confirm the unidentified victim was shot while broadcasting on Facebook Live.

You can see a clip of the victim’s Facebook Live video on WBTV.com. Note that the video contains disturbing, graphic imagery not suitable for all audiences.

Police and deputies with the Union County Sheriff’s office are on the scene. No shots were fired on Wingate University campus, but police issued the lockdown notice as a precautionary measure.

Meanwhile, Wingate University has been sending out a flurry of tweets. At 8:50 a.m., the school issued its first alert.

A little more than half an hour later, the North Carolina university provided a description of the suspect.

At 9:23 a.m., the school warned students to stay sheltered until further notice.

At 9:56 a.m. local time, Wingate University lifted its campus lockdown.

Wingate Elementary School was also placed on lockdown.


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