Gunman Reports Prompt Lockdown at San Jose State University: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A building on the campus of San Jose State University was placed on lockdown as police initiated a search for an alleged gunman. The alarm was raised at 9:22 a.m. local time when the college sent out warning text messages to students, based on a “credible witness” who claimed to have seen a gunman, reports NBC Bay Area.

At 10:55 a.m. the school was given the all-clear by authorities.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Students Were Warned to Seek Shelter

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Students received “shelter-in-place” text messages from school administrators. The San Jose Mercury News reports that on-campus police were alerted at around 9 a.m. to an armed man in the college.

2. Gunman Was Reported by ‘Credible Witness’

The gunman is reported to be in Sweeney Hall on campus, that building has been placed on lockdown. Police surrounded the building, with police helicopters circling overhead. Sweeney Hall is home to the school’s College of Education.

3. The Gunman Was Reported to Be Armed With a Handgun

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The gunman was reported to be an white male wearing all black clothes armed with a handgun, reports NBC Bay Area. That information was relayed to students via a second text message.

Though student Jonathan Aguayo told reporters that he thought the gunman was carrying a rifle.

4. The Whole School Was Not Locked Down

According to reports from the scene, other classes were ongoing at the college and other buildings were not affected by the search, reports Spartan Daily.

CBS Bay Area reports that college bookstore was closed a precaution.

5. SJSU Plays Host to 30,000 Students

Over 30,000 students attend San Jose State University.

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