Gunman Apprehended Without Incident Near Campus

The 69,000-plus subscribers to the University’s text-message alert system got a scare this afternoon when the University Police announced a man with a shotgun was roaming near campus.

An alert went out at 4 p.m. that someone wearing a shotgun and a gas mask was last seen at 24th and Guadalupe streets.

Five minutes later, UTPD sent out another message giving the all-clear, saying the man had been found and the weapon secured. The Austin American-Statesman reported police encountered him south of campus, at the corner San Jacinto Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

A police dispatcher said immediately afterward that the man had carried a training rifle, but she said no other details were available, including whether the man was a student.

Nerves went on edge on campus last month after a caller threatened campus with bombs in multiple buildings. The Forty Acres was evacuated for several hours as facilities were cleared of any danger, building by building.

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