[UPDATED with Charges:] Michael Burke McHugh, Recording Engineer, Held After Allegedly Saying He Had Gun at Estancia High
Michael Burke McHugh then mentioned he had a gun.
In these days of mass shootings on school campuses, staffs have been trained on how to respond to such threats. For McHugh, that meant being immediately restrained by multiple staff members until cops arrived within minutes of the 12:50 p.m. call, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department.
Estancia High, which is at 2323 Placentia Ave., was immediately placed on emergency lockdown.
Officers took McHugh into custody without incident, and the 35-year-old was found to have a replica firearm on him, reads a statement from police Lt. Tim Schennum, who adds the suspect complained of an injury and was taken to a local hospital.
The lockdown was later lifted, and criminal charges against McHugh are pending.
|Mike McHugh of The Distillery|
McHugh entered his not guilty plea Wednesday. The gun he is said to have mentioned to school staff turned out to be a BB gun.
He is a recording engineer and known in the music industry for his studio The Distillery in Costa Mesa, regarded as one of the few remaining analog-only studios in the digital age. Black Lips, Mika Miko, Cheap Time, The Growlers and The Strange Boys are among the acts that have recorded at The Distillery.
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