Lockdown: What happened?

Aprile Rickert

2:48 p.m.
IUS Police dispatchers receive a report of a man with a handgun in the lobby of Knobview Hall, walking toward the parking lot.

Officers immediately search the parking lots and Knobview but do not find the man.

3:01 p.m.
Campus officials send out a message that “an armed person has been reported on campus” and ask people to take shelter in the nearest room and to lock the door.

The New Albany Police Department, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police help IUS Police check campus buildings.

3:03 p.m.
IUS Police Chief Charles Edelen interviews the woman who’d called in the tip to dispatchers.

She tells him she was in Knobview when she saw a man pull out a weapon and show it to a friend. She says she did not observe any threat. She describes the weapon as a 9mm handgun with a black handle.

She says the man with the gun talked with his friend for a short while before going outside.

3:25 p.m.
IUS Police receive a call from a student who said he might have been the one seen with the gun. The
caller tells Edelen he had brought a BB gun to campus to use as a prop in theater class. He says he’d shown the gun to a friend in Knobview.

After confirming other details, Edelen orders officers to stand down.

3:39 p.m.
Campus officials send a message to the campus community stating that the armed person had been identified and that there was no longer a threat to campus.

Campus police interview the student and confiscate the BB gun.