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Florida Man Carrying Toy Rifle Sparked Three College Campus Lockdowns, Police Say

A safety alert which resulted in three school campuses in Florida happening lockdown was later revealed to be a false alarm involving a brightly coloured toy gun.

An alarm was raised after a pupil at Florida Atlantic University reported seeing a person with a rifle on campus on the night of Thursday, October 3. The pupil mentioned the person walked in direction of her while she was in her automobile and pointed a gun at her.

“A little bit after 9 p.m., we received a call from a female that was a student over at FAU leaving campus for the night,” Davie Police Lt. Mark Leone mentioned, studies WSNV.

“She mentioned that as she was pulling out of the car parking zone, she noticed a person standing on the surface of the car parking zone, over within the grassy swale space, holding what she believed was a rifle.

“She was on the cease signal. She mentioned the person raised the rifle within the air and began strolling in direction of her automobile,” Leone added. “As he was pointing the rifle in direction of her automobile, she sped off and obtained out of the world.”

On Friday, the 911 name given by the coed was made public.

“I do not know if it was an actual gun or not, however he saved pointing it at my automobile,” she said. “I actually sped off as quick as I might simply because I used to be going out, and he first pointed it up on the sky.”

As a precaution, the campuses at Florida Atlantic University, Broward College and Nova Southeastern University all went into lockdown. The faculties warned college students and different individuals who could also be on campus to hunt shelter in a safe location on social media.

F.A.U ALERT (#1): Police Activity on Davie campus at 09:36pm on 10/3/2019. Remain alert. Seek shelter in safe location. Follow police directions

— Florida Atlantic (@FloridaAtlantic) October 4, 2019

BC Alert: Central Campus – Shelter in place. The campus is on lockdown as a result of police exercise within the space. Please await additional directions.

— Broward College (@BrowardCollege) October 4, 2019

Later on that evening, it was confirmed that the lockdown has been cleared because the incident was dominated a false alarm.

“The police exercise occurring on the Broward College baseball fields close to the Davie campus has ended as of 11:18PM 10/3/19. All Clear,” Florida Atlantic University wrote on social media.

In the early hours of Friday, the Davie Police Department tweeted an image of a toy gun which had been confiscated by a person seen within the space.

“After clearing the scene on the #Davie school space. A #DaviePolice officer positioned a person with this toy gun strolling on Stirling Rd,” the force tweeted. “They each matched the outline given by the witness. The toy gun was collected and the investigation was turned over to detectives.”

The man in his 60s was questioned by police however not arrested.

Florida Man Carrying Toy Rifle Sparked Three College Campus Lockdowns, Police Say
Davie Police later discovered a person holding a toy gun close to to the Florida campus. Davie Police Department

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