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Campus locked down after students working on video project spark gunmen alert

Published 14/02/2016

The university was put on lockdown after the reported sighting of armed men
The university was put on lockdown after the reported sighting of armed men

Students working on a video project sparked a report of armed men near the student union that led to a lockdown of the Arkansas State University's Jonesboro campus, a spokesman for the college said.

Bill Smith said the students have been located and talked to, and there was apparently no gunman.

The university sent an emergency alert shortly before 2pm on Sunday saying two armed men were seen near the student union.

A later message said three men wearing all black were seen. The university lifted the lockdown about an hour later after authorities determined there was no threat.

The lockdown was the second at the school in the last three months.

A man with a shotgun drove onto campus on December 10. That incident ended peacefully as the man eventually surrendered.

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