Ball State issues 'all clear' report after warning of man with gun on campus

Student reported man walking with handgun

MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State University police advised students to return to their normal activities and schedules after securing the campus following a warning of a man with a gun.

Just before 9:30 a.m., campus officials posted an "all clear" alert on the university website.

"Campus all clear. Return to normal activities/schedule. Following their standard protocols, University Police have searched and secured the campus," the alert read.

About an hour earlier, Ball State police and officers from other area departments were searching the campus for the man possibly seen with a gun. 

"Man with gun seen north of Bracken Library a short time ago. Avoid the area. Secure in a safe place," the alert read.

The man was described as white with a medium build, 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall wearing dark pants and a light jacket.

"The man had no discernible threatening behavior, nor did he appear to be walking toward any specific building. It appeared he had a handgun in his left hand," the alert read.

School spokesman Tony Proudfoot said the university is acting "with an abundance of caution" in the matter.

Ball State students said officials did their best to keep students informed and safe during the warning.

"I think (officials) handled it well. I'm signed up for the text message service, so I got a text. My teacher locked the door and made sure we were all just going to stay in the room," student Haley Higgins said.

Student Joel Lillard said most students remained calm during the warning.

"It wasn't crazy. Everybody was just pretty much like a normal day," Lillard said. "I woke up and they said we were on lock down."

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