Cal State Northridge Gunman Turns Himself In
LOS ANGELES —POLICE HAVE FOUND A MAN WHO TRIGGERED THE EVACUATION AND SEARCH OF A SPRAWLING LIBRARY AT THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE, campus after indicating he had a gun.
University spokeswoman Carmen Ramos Chandler says the man was found Tuesday night. She said his name was being withheld while police question him.
The four-story Oviatt Library was evacuated about 10:30 a.m. after an employee approached the man, who appeared to be in distress, and asked if he was OK. Chandler said the man indicated he had a weapon, though none was seen.
Los Angeles police used bomb-sniffing dogs to search the library after campus police looked floor by floor and did not find the man or a weapon. Chandler said people on campus provided information that led to the suspect.
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Police using bomb-sniffing dogs searched a sprawling, four-story library at the California State University, Northridge, campus on Tuesday after an employee reported a man said he had a gun. No weapon was found.
University spokeswoman Carmen Ramos Chandler said the four-story Oviatt Library was evacuated about 10:30 a.m. after the staffer reported seeing a man wearing shorts and a T-shirt that read, “Human Rights Violation.”
“The witness did not see a gun but something, I don’t know what, indicated he may have had a gun,” Chandler said of the man.
After a floor-by-floor search failed to turn up either the man or a weapon, campus police asked the Los Angeles Police Department to check the building with bomb-sniffing dogs.
Meanwhile, authorities cordoned off the library and a large grassy area in front. No classes were canceled.
“An alert was sent out to the entire campus via text, via voice, via email, Facebook and Twitter, just to let them know about the situation with the library,” Chandler said. “The library was the only building affected.”
The 353-acre campus, in the northwest corner of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, has a student population of more than 30,000. It was badly damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, but has been extensively rebuilt and enrollment has swelled since then.
As the library was searched, hundreds of students and teachers milled around just outside the cordoned-off area.
The library will remain closed Tuesday evening while police continue the search. It will reopen Wednesday morning at 7:45 a.m., Chandler said.
“All I heard was some guy had a gun or something,” said freshman Gerardo Valenzuela, who sat under a tree just outside the blocked-off area on a 100-degree afternoon.
As word of the threat spread, graduate student Kevin Riley said some of his classmates told him their parents urged them to stay home. He said they responded that they felt safe on campus.
Should the gunmen receive less of a sentence for turning himself in and not hurting anyone?