All-clear declared on UMD campus after arrests of persons with weapon


Campus life is returning to normal at the University of Minnesota Duluth after the Thursday morning report of persons spotted with a weapon.

The Duluth News Tribune reported that police were called to campus shortly after 7:00 a.m. about two teenagers with a gun. Duluth Police Department spokesman Jim Hansen said the two, aged 15 and 19, were taken into custody and an airsoft pistol was confiscated. They were seen in the lobby of Kirby Plaza Bus Hub, where students come and go off city buses. A statement on the UMD Facebook page said an alert employee spotted the weapon and dialed 911.

The campus is safe, Hansen said.

Police officers reached the boys as they were walking toward the science building. WDIO reports that the text alert sent out by the university said the two were not UMD students. The Facebook page said the two could face charges of disorderly conduct, underage consumption, and possession of drugs.

KARE reported that UMD safety officials declared a campus emergency. Students and staff were under a "shelter in place" order, which means staying in classrooms, offices or dorms. The all-clear has been given.

Airsoft pistols shoot plastic pellets. They are described as replica guns.

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