Fake gun in Rho alarms campus, DPS and sheriff's deputies respond
By Ian McDonald and Zach Alfred
Photo by Scott Lawrence
Three students were detained by Public Safety officers Wednesday evening after being spotted in Rho Parking Lot with what appeared to be a firearm.
The students were filming for an episode of the Randumb Show using a realistic-looking gun prop that other students had mistaken for an actual firearm. Public Safety was on the scene along with L.A. County Sherriff’s deputies and university administration officials.
After initial reports, administration officials arrived to gauge the seriousness of the situation.
“Especially in this modern day, since Virginia Tech, we take this kind of thing very seriously,” President Andrew K. Benton remarked. “If they had communicated with DPS beforehand, this kind of thing could have been avoided.”