10-10-09 BSU building evacuated after student seen with shotgun look-alike.
Boise, Oct. 10, 2009 - Boise Police evacuated the Micron Engineering building at Boise State University this afternoon after a student was seen carrying what looked like a shotgun into the building. The student was identified and although no criminal charges will be filed, carrying weapons onto campus is a violation of university policy.
What Happened: Boise Police were called by a student who reported seeing a man carrying what the student described as a "long gun" into the BSU Micron Engineering building, on the corner of Manitou Ave. and University Drive at 1:46 p.m. this afternoon.
"The student who called campus police did exactly what students have been asked to do if they see something suspicious or out of place on campus," said Lt. Tony Plott, Boise Police Watch Commander. "Campus and community safety is something we all need to take responsibility for, and we appreciate the student who called us for being alert, observant, and calling us quickly so we could investigate."
Boise Police Officers from both the campus and surrounding neighborhoods arrived quickly and immediately began searching for the weapon and evacuating the building. Approx. 30 - 40 students, staff and faculty were inside the engineering building at the time.
As officers were helping people get safely out of the building, a male student walked up to officers and identified himself as being the student who carried a shotgun replica into the building, saying it was for a class project. Officers found the weapon inside the building. It did not appear to be operational. After further investigation, Boise Police found no evidence of a crime. The building was re-opened and students were allowed back inside the engineering building after approx 1 1/2 hours.
Boise Police have been told by BSU officials that carrying a weapon onto campus is against university policy. Investigations into university policy violations are handled internally by the BSU campus community.
Boise Police policy prohibits the release of individual's names who have not been cited or arrested for a crime.