ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) – Police arrested the man who is accused of firing a gun Wednesday near the center of Elizabeth City State University’s campus.
Joshua David Murrill, 24, faces five charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, going armed to terror of public, discharging a gun on educational property (a felony) and gun on educational property (another felony), according to officers.
University police said no one was hurt and they located Murrill and his car within an hour of the shot. Murrill fired the bullet by the outdoor classroom, which sits near the center of ECSU’s campus.
WAVY.com spoke to ECSU Campus Police Chief John Manley about the incident. Manley said Murrill came across another student in the outdoor classroom shortly before 1 p.m. Manley said the two knew each other and had a previous dispute that dated back a few months ago. According to Manley, Murrill confessed he fired a gunshot into the ground near the student.
“His words were to us, directly, were that he fired a warning shot,” Manley said.
Manley said the incident was isolated and campus police responded quickly. He said the call came in at 12:57 p.m. and an alert was sent out three minutes later.
However, there have been discrepancies. Some students said they received the alert around 1:10 p.m. A campus news release said an emergency alert was sent out to campus at 1:14 p.m. WAVY.com is working to determine exactly what time the initial alert was sent to students and staff.
Murrill’s bond has been set for $156,000, and he is held in Albemarle District Jail.