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Man apprehended with guns at NC school was former ECU football player

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A man police took into custody after officers found two guns on him at a North Carolina high school was a former ECU football player, according to the Virginian-Pilot newspaper

A news release from Greensboro police said the Steve Brantley Spence of Norfolk, Virginia, entered the cafeteria at Smith High School on Monday and was questioned by employees, who called for a lockdown. A school resource officer confronted the man and noticed the weapons. The man ran, but the resource officer and other officers caught him.

Authorities said Spence had two handguns and a backpack with boxes of ammunition. Police also found a stolen car with another gun in it.

Investigators believe Spence’s intended target was someone at the school with whom he had a personal relationship.

Police also said Spence was wanted in Virginia on several charges.

Smith was on the football team from 2007 to 2010, according to ECU's website. 


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