A&M issues "code maroon" after possible armed man on campus

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 4:24pm

COLLEGE STATION -- Just two weeks after a bomb threat that ended in 50,000 plus people evacuated from Texas A&M's campus tensions are once again high after a "code maroon" was sent out Thursday afternoon about the possibility of an armed man on campus.

A man hunt began Thursday at Texas A&M after someone called University Police claiming there was a man on campus with a gun.

"At approximately 4:30 we got a report through our communications center of an individual walking down Throckmorton Street possibly in possession of a handgun in his waistband," said Lt. Allan Baron.

Immediately the university declared a "code maroon" and the campus was put on lockdown.

Frightening moments for freshman Jenna McCarty, "We found out that they locked the stairwells, the classrooms. The only way to get in was if you had the number code. "

For about 45 minutes students in class were ordered to stay put while police tried to locate the suspect.

Lt. Baron said, "We tried to cover as many areas as we could, primarily focusing on the area he was seen but then we broadened our search from there."

After a campus wide search, police didn't find anything and students were given the ok to resume normal activities but University Police will continue to investigate and ask that everyone remain on high alert.

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