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Wisconsin College Placed On Lockdown Following Gun Sighting; Suspect Now In Custody

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Thanks to a couple of savvy students, a situation that could have possibly become a terrifying nightmare for one Wisconsin college was immediately halted Tuesday morning.

According to University public relations director Claire Beglinger, two students spotted what they described as a white male in his 50s near the tennis courts of Waukesha's Carroll University with a "long gun."

They immediately called public safety officers to report the situation.

Soon after that, the University was placed on lockdown while students received the following alert from campus officials on their cell phones at 10:39 AM:

"Not a test There is a report of a male with a firearm walking near the tennis courts and the Barstow Building on Barstow. remain indoors until further notice."

At 11:25 AM, police officers with their guns drawn had closed off Maple Street near the campus.

Fortunately, the bearded man was soon captured and taken into custody, though no further details concerning his intention have been revealed.

Just after noon, the lockdown was lifted "per instructions from the Waukesha Police Department and the Carroll Campus Safety Department."

This all happened on the sixth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting. Though it isn't clear yet if this situation would have resulted in another tragedy, we're sincerely impressed with the speed and performance of the police response.

[Image via AP Images.]

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4 comments to “Wisconsin College Placed On Lockdown Following Gun Sighting; Suspect Now In Custody”

  1. Missy says – reply to this


    It actually wouldn't have. I live in Milwaukee and a co-worker's girlfriend goes to this school and it was confirmed that the man only had one of those air soft guns (Thank Goodness)

  2. 2

    Let's all over-react and get fucking hysterical over a lot of nothing. By all means, call the cops, spend oodles of dollars, all because some empty-headed twat THOUGHT he saw what he didn't see. Let's charge all that to the twat so he'll pull his head out of his ass next time and really LOOK. What a fucking ninny.

  3. Michelle says – reply to this


    Re: Pansy Hunter – I am a student at Carroll University and was there for the lock down. Knowing now that there was just an air-soft gun I feel kind of dumb for being so scared, but I can tell you that when all of this was going on the fear was very real. I would rather have people over-react and remain safe than not be here because there was a shooter on campus. Don't judge people or make fun of them because unless you have been in that type of situation you don't know what goes through your head. If you ever find yourself in a situation like this, just to find out that there wasn't actually a true threat, think about your comment on this post and how you would feel reading something like that.

  4. teeter totter says – reply to this


    Re: Michelle – I am glad you are OK and no one was in danger.