ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have identified the former Elizabeth City State University student shot by police after bringing an assault rifle to campus.
The university says in a release that 24-year-old Rashaad Gardner was arrested Saturday and charged with assault by pointing a gun, possession of a weapon on state educational property and going armed to the terror of the people. The 2010 graduate was being held on a $50,000 bond.
University police Chief Samuel Beamon says officers saw a man with an AK-47 assault rifle about 2:30 a.m. Saturday after seeing students running away.
Beamon says the suspect refused to drop his weapon and pointed it at officers instead. He says an officer shot the suspect once in the leg before he fled into nearby woods. Tracking dogs helped locate him.