- The Washington Times - Friday, October 2, 2015

Police on the Monroe Park campus of Virginia Commonwealth University were called Friday morning to investigate multiple reports of a “possible armed subject” near the Richmond campus but quickly walked back campus-wide alerts after officers searched the area and found nothing.

School officials posted an alert on the university’s website saying that around 9:50 a.m. a man carrying what looked like a rifle was seen standing on the 2nd Street overpass near the campus.

He was wearing a “square military style hat” and carrying a black backpack.

The man was last reported walking east on Grace Street from Belvidere Street near the Richmond, Virginia school, officials said.

University officials said officers had searched the area but found no one matching the description and by 11: 15 a.m. had given the all clear.

“Police are continuing to monitor the area. Resume normal activity and report any unusual activity to police,” read the latest update on the VCU alert page.

The incident comes at a time college students and officials have reason to be on edge. On Thursday, a gunman opened fire inside community college classrooms in Roseburg, Oregon, killing nine people and injuring seven more.

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