Police have found a man who triggered the evacuation and search of a sprawling library at the Cal State 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.
California State University, Northridge issued an emergency notification Tuesday that a man on campus indicated he had a gun. The campus was not placed on lockdown; according to school newspaper the Daily Sundial, the threat was confined to the library.
University police received reports of the man at 10:27 a.m., according to the notification, and university police conducted a search of the Oviatt library.
Chandler said that just as a precaution Los Angeles police were asked to bring in bomb-sniffing dogs to sweep the building Tuesday afternoon.
During the alert, people on campus were advised to be on the lookout for the man. He was described as a white male, 5'8", wearing a white T-shirt that read "human rights violation." He had short spiky hair, short jeans and is of potential Middle Eastern descent, according to the notification.
Carmen Chandler of CSUN said someone had approached the man, who appeared to be "in distress," and asked if he was OK. Apparently, that is when the man indicated he had a weapon, though none was seen.
"He's the one who indicated he had a gun," Chandler told KCAL9. A staff member in the library called the police.
Campus police evacuated the library and searched the building, but couldn't find anyone.
KPCC's Gina Delvac and Mike Roe contributed to this story.