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ATLANTA -- The search for two suspects sparked a campus-wide alert at Emory University Tuesday morning.

DeKalb County Police Captain Steven Fore told 11Alive News it started when officers responded to a robbery and carjacking on North Indian Creek Dr. Two men said they were getting into their Jeep Wrangler when they were approached by two young black men. They were dressed all in black and carrying handguns. After forcing the two victims out of the Jeep, the suspects fled in the Jeep. 

 

Uniformed officers spotted the Jeep driving onto Emory's campus.

The stolen Jeep was found abandoned at Emory's Peavine parking deck, but the suspects are still on the run.

Residents who live near Emory reported hearing emergency sirens early Tuesday. An alert on the university's website described the incident as a "police emergency" and urged students, faculty and staff to "shelter in place, ensure your safety."

The all clear was given shortly after 6 a.m., when police determined the suspects were no longer a threat to the campus.

Back in July, Emory issued a tornado warning independent of the National Weather Service. Later that day, they apologized.

Wednesday's warning included sirens, a tweet and a text alert. The tweet spoke of a police emergency and said little else. 

"It said to check with the Emory website," said Steve Witte. "I tried to do that but it looked like the website was jammed up because there were probably other people trying to do that."

Emory officials did not grant 11Alive an interview. Instead, the university issued a statement saying, "Our first priority was to get the emergency alert out to our campus. We posted more details once we were able to verify information and get the all-clear from DeKalb Police."


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