Man Carrying Umbrella Causes Lockdown On San Diego College Campus

Cal State San Marcos spent the first day of its student orientation on lockdown after reports of an armed gunman. Update — August 20, 1:35 p.m: The man reported as a gunman was actually carrying a large umbrella and umbrella case.

1. San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of a gunman on the Cal State San Marcos campus shortly after 9 a.m. PT, NBC San Diego reports, but police later said that the man was unarmed, and that his umbrella caused the scare.

The police tweeted for students to stay in place and barricade their current location.

3. The school was on lockdown for about 45 minutes.

5. The suspect reportedly had a “long gun” and was seen just before 9 a.m. PT Wednesday, police told NBC. The school sent out at Tweet describing the armed man as bald, white, and holding a rifle.

There is report of a suspect on campus white male, bald, black shirt, jeans, possibly carrying a weapon. Continue to shelter in place.

— Cal State San Marcos (@csusmnews)

Yup there's a dude at CSUSM with a rifle and I'm here in lockdown...

— Austin Ott (@austinotterpop)

8. The fall semester does not begin until next week, but an orientation was scheduled to begin on Wednesday morning.

Innestengt i auditorium på skolen. Mann løs med rifle på Campus. Dramatisk start på høsten

— Sophi Amanda Veivåg (@SophiAmanda)

10. Around 9:45 PT, police gave the “all clear,” saying that they had made contact with the suspect, who was unarmed.

CSUSM has issued an all clear. We have made contact with suspect, who was unarmed. Lockdown has been lifted.

— CSUSM Police (@CSUSMpolice)

12. Turns out that the suspect was a staff member who was carrying an umbrella inside of an “umbrella case” which to some resembled a gun.

Suspect was a staff member carrying an umbrella & umbrella case which appeared to be a gun, and was reported as suspicious to @CSUSMpolice

— Cal State San Marcos (@csusmnews)

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