- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

University of Texas at Arlington officials on Wednesday sent out a “shelter in place” warning to students after a man in army fatigues was spotted walking on campus carrying what was thought to be a gun, but was actually a camera tripod.

The alert was sent about 10:20 a.m. CST, warning students to stay away from the architecture building where the man was seen.

“UTA PD reports of a suspicious white male with a gun in army fatigues seen in architecture bldg shelter in place and stay away from bldg until further notice,” the tweet said.

Around 10:42 a.m. the school sent another message, saying students that were not in the architecture building could resume normal activities. Then around 10:59 the school sent another tweet saying “ALL CLEAR: suspect apprehended, no weapon found after multiple sweeps.”

Police later told local reporters that the suspect, who is not a student at the university, was carrying a tripod and camera and was planning to film a video project on campus.

“So, we were able to identify the individual and detain him and through our investigation determine that he was not in possession of any weapons, nor were any weapons found in the building, [and] was in possession of a camera and tripod he was using the film to make a video for a project,” UT Arlington police told a local NBC affiliate.

Guns are prohibited on both UT campuses in Arlington and Austin.

A gun rights group had planned to stage a fake mass shooting at the Austin campus this month to protest gun-free zones on campuses.

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