Texas State building evacuated after gun report

The Undergraduate Academic Center at Texas State was evacuated Thursday. (ReportIt Photo)
The Undergraduate Academic Center at Texas State was evacuated Thursday. (ReportIt Photo)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — One person is facing charges after a building on the Texas State University campus was evacuated Thursday afternoon following an incident on campus.

The evacuation of the Undergraduate Academic Center came after police said they received a call at 2:10 p.m. about a person in the building with a gun. The caller said there were two suspicious people in the building and believed one of the men had a weapon inside his backpack.

“I was working in one of the computer labs and I had an officer come in saying y’all need to get out,” said Jose Jarquin, a junior at Texas State.

“Determined, through video surveillance, the individuals were still on the premises,” said university spokesman Matt Flores, “[Officers] immediately went into action and attempted to locate the individuals for questioning.”

Several officers had to physically restrain one of the men before a Taser was used to subdue him. The man, who was not a student at the university, was arrested and is now facing charges.

The other man was questioned by police and released.

“I was initially very frightened,” said senior Amy Perry. “The officer said we have to leave now, and we all just grabbed our stuff and started heading down the stairs. And it was scary…there were just a lot of scenarios going through my head.”

Police were able to find the backpack, but said there was not a gun inside. However, officers said they did find what was believed to be marijuana inside the bag.

After the fact, some students say they’re concerned about how late emergency notifications were sent out.

“It took a while to get a text message regarding the evacuation,” said Perry. The evacuation happened at 2:10 p.m., but Perry didn’t receive the text until 3:15.

Another student says she didn’t get the emergency email until 3:12 p.m. That same student says she was in the evacuated building, but that her classroom wasn’t evacuated at all. She and classmates were not notified what was going on and were very concerned.

“Our officers moved immediately in,” said Flores. “Obviously there are facts we must ascertain before sending one of these [texts] out.”

Flores say they’ll take a look at the emergency notifications, but that their first concern was making sure the threat was under control.

The building reopened about 3 p.m. and university operations are operating normally. Sign up here to get emergency alert notifications for Texas State University.

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