Student charged after taking gun onto Craven Community College campus

Craven Community College is on lockdown Monday morning for reports of an armed intruder. (Allen Fairbanks/NewsChannel 12)

NEW BERN, Craven County - Reports of an armed intruder at Craven Community College caused a lockdown Monday morning and resulted in authorities taking one individual into custody.

NewsChannel 12 reporter Adaure Achumba was on scene and said students were moving freely about again as of 11:30 a.m. after holding in place for roughly 45 minutes during the lockdown.

According to the Craven County Sheriff's Office, one student came on campus with a gun, which was reported by another student. Law enforcement removed the student from the classroom and later found the weapon the suspect had hidden.

Monday afternoon, the sheriff's office announced Brandon Darnell Grist of 3604 Yarmouth Rd. in New Bern had been arrested. He was enrolled in the GED program at the school. He is charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm and felony possession of a firearm on education property. He was placed in the Craven County Jail under a $25,000 bond. His first court appearance is Tuesday.

The sheriff's office emphasized there were no shots fired and there was no threat to students and staff made by the individual who was taken into custody.

The college sent out an alert via text message which reads:

"ARMED INTRUDER is on [CAMPUS]. Call 911 if see intruder. Follow instructions from authorities. Limit cell phone use."

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