UC Irvine Issues Alert About a Rifleman on Campus

UC Irvine officials issued a telephone text message to students this afternoon warning about "a suspicious man carrying a possible rifle" on campus on Mesa Drive near the Bren Events Center.

According to the message, obtained by the Weekly, the subject is a white male, 6-feet, 180 pounds, blond hair, wearing a beige outfit and boots.

A student on campus now reports police and law enforcement helicopter activity near the center of campus.

3:15 p.m. UPDATE: Law enforcement sources say the incident is now over and that the gun in question might have been a toy. Unconfirmed reports from UCI students also claim that police detained and released a man near Campus Village, an undergraduate housing area.

4:31 p.m. UPDATE: University officials have informed students that police are looking for someone who was carrying a paint ball or air gun on campus this afternoon.

--R. Scott Moxley & David J. Nicolas/ OC Weekly

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