Elizabeth City police are apparently investigating an off-campus shooting incident near Elizabeth City State University.

ECSU sent a text message alert to students Friday at 7:30 p.m. notifying them that gunshots had been reported in the area of Edgewood Drive.

Approximately 30 minutes later, the university sent a second text message alerting students that city police "continue to investigate an off-campus shooting ... in the area of Edgewood (Drive) and Weeksville Road."

"Stay away from the area," the message read.

That message was followed by another sent just before 11:30 p.m. by the Elizabeth City State University campus police department.

"ECPD continues to investigate the shooting that occurred off campus near Edgewood and Weeksville Road," the message stated. "The area of Edgewood and Weeksville Road is clear. Remain cautious and report any suspicious activity to ECPD or ECSU." 

Early Saturday morning, ECSU issued a release stating authorities believed that at no time during the incident was student safety at risk.  

"Based on the investigation, we do not believe that at any time the suspects entered property owned or controlled by the university," the release stated. "University police and security took immediate steps to ensure the safety of the campus by deploying to the area and increasing patrols." 

The release stated that the incident remains under investigation by the ECPD, which has jurisdiction. 

Friday night, police radio traffic indicated police were combing the area near the campus, apparently looking for someone who might have been shot in the incident. Police found shell casings in the roadway in the 1800 block of Weeksville Road, according to radio reports. 

Around 8 p.m. Friday, several ECPD officers were seen directing traffic and investigating the scene on Weeksville Road near Capital Trace, which is about less than a half mile from Edgewood Drive.   

Police are still investigating. An ECPD spokesman said Monday there was no new information to release at that time.