U of M warns of man spotted with gun near campus [UPDATED]

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The University of Minnesota has called off a shelter-in-place warning, saying the man who attempted to rob another student with a gun this afternoon has likely left the campus.

Officials sent a series text alerts warning students and others on the West Bank of the Twin Cities campus there was an attempted robbery near Anderson Hall at 2:40 p.m., according to police.

A search of the West Bank is complete, and all regular classes and activities are expected to continue as planned.

The university described the man as an African American, 20 years old, 6-feet tall with a black puffy jacket.

UPDATE 3

University of Minnesota officials say they identified the wrong man in the surveillance still below, and have released a new image of the man allegedly responsible for an West Bank armed robbery attempt on Tuesday.

Read the full story here.

UPDATE 2

[Surveillance still of suspect that was originally in this space has been removed after the man in the image was cleared of any wrongdoing.]

UPDATE 1

Several reports, including this one, suggest that police are searching the university's tunnel system for the suspect, although classes and activities on campus have resumed:

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Google street view of U of M's Anderson Hall

University official speaking with the press on campus:
Citing the university, KSTP is reporting that the person with a gun is another student:
Meanwhile, it's also being reported that nearby businesses have temporarily closed:

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Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

anything to keep from getting a job..good parents

C Will Davis
C Will Davis

When isn't there a black man with a gun on the U Campus? Lol

FK503
FK503

God Damn Somalians 

Jefferson-Jackson
Jefferson-Jackson

@MicheleBachmann

"People should call people like kurt a fucking idiot.  We have too many fucking idiots in society who feel the need to share their dumbass opinion on every topic.    He's a stupid jerk that thinks the shooting of another human being is what this story needs.  Guns cause violence, they don't prevent it."

So apparently, evidenced by your post, you also feel the need to share your dumbass opinion on every topic. I do as well, hence I am posting this. This is the purpose of the 1st amendment, and its 1st because its the most important. His opinion does not make him a fucking idiot, its based on personal background, experiences and upbringing. His opinion is just as vital to the progress of society as yours and until you can admit that and respect the opposing side we won't get anywhere. Perhaps the most concerning part of these arguments is that no one seems to actually be interested in coming up with solutions to solve the issue. Though the presence of guns does cause concerns and violence, there is a point to be made about the laws only stopping law abiding citizens- not criminals. I don't have the solution to this problem, but I would be extremely pleased with a proposal from someone instead of just personally degrading others opinions and political tendencies.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

Yep, these comments are precisely as stupid as I thought they would be.

Sandra Fredine
Sandra Fredine

Great. A black man in a hoodie. Good thing it's not Florida, people would be rushing there just to stand their ground.

Can Nah
Can Nah

Det Olay Sayaraj warn ur patrons!

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

How can he be armed when this is a "Gun Free" zone?    Oh, only criminals can carry them leaving the students vulnerable.     Liberalism 101.    

richardconklin
richardconklin

@C Will Davis When he's coming home from Basketball or football practice.

ilike
ilike

@Sandra Fredine Armed with a gun robbing women on a college campus. You left that part out. 

sosmpls
sosmpls

@Sandra Fredine 

And, the problem with that is? The world would be a better place without these feral pigs. 

Southsider
Southsider

@kurt124 What we should do is arm all incoming freshman.  Incidents of crime and/or violence will all but disappear.  

barbertj23
barbertj23

@kurt124 

Obviously the best course of action is to have a fire fight between a larger number of individuals in the middle of a busy school campus.

Do you really think the way to make the school safe is to ad a lot of cross fire to the streets in the middle of the day?

mrblaq
mrblaq

@kurt124 How can you be treated as an individual when all you know how to do is spew NRA talking points. Grow up.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

In civilized countries, the more guns per capita the less violent crime there is. Plain and simple, very easy to verify. People who work against themselves are an endless amount of enjoyment to those who think and feel.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Southsider @kurt124 We should arm babies with guns.  The only thing that stops a bad baby with a gun is a good baby with a gun.  

mrblaq
mrblaq

@Southsider @kurt124 Yeah, just like in WWI and II. Everyone got together with their guns, had a nice chat over tea, and suddenly it was 5 years later and the Allies had won

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Pussy ass projector. Nobody said anything about a fire fight. If you don't value your life, that's your deal. If other people do, that's not your deal. Govs can't legally legislate value systems and neither can you.

ilike
ilike

@barbertj23 @kurt124 As opposed to just dying? You're right. Why fight back, it only increases the chance of the victim AND the assailant getting killed.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@mrblaq @kurt124 How is this Spewing NRA talking points and not just plain common sense?    Please try and think for once and answer the question:  How can this be in a "Gun Free" zone, where surely it's against U's policy for students not to have guns.    Please explain your logic.   

mrblaq
mrblaq

@Southsider Dude, I was just double-sarcasming with you.

Southsider
Southsider

@mrblaq  Sarcasm.  You're getting all worked up.  I'm on your side homey.

ilike
ilike

huge assumptions


mrblaq
mrblaq

@kurt124 @mrblaq  It's not broken logic.

I think the safe zone signs are an empty gesture. I AGREE that they don't stop criminals.

My issue is in your believing that civilians with guns would be able to dissolve a VERY TENSE situation.

In this case, a guy tries to rob some lady. Assume two people within earshot had pistols. That guy would immediately start firing or they would. Either way, there'd be more dead people than if she just let go of her purse and the gunman ran.

Let's say she had a gun. She'd be dead before she had her hands on the grip.

Guns in public spaces only increases the chance for people to do really stupid things with them.

I love guns. I love shooting guns. 
I don't own one. I don't carry one. But when I'm at a range, I have tons of fun. When I'm up north with friends, I have tons of fun.

mrblaq
mrblaq

@kurt124 @mrblaq @barbertj23 "They're"

Why do you place 4 spaces after a period? The current standard is 1 unless you're on a mechanical typewriter.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@mrblaq @kurt124 @barbertj23 But there in place to "Promote Peace" and that makes you feel better.   Than great, that's your logic, not mine.

mrblaq
mrblaq

@kurt124 @barbertj23 So, if we got rid of those signs, you wouldn't have any problem with this guy walking around with a pistol on public school grounds while trying to rob somebody?

mrblaq
mrblaq

@kurt124 @barbertj23 Uhm, the signs don't make me feel any safer at all. They're just signs. You think we don't realize that?

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@barbertj23 @kurt124 No!  The Signs don't work!  What are they there for if they don't work?   They do not in any case ever ever remind someone that is intent on causing harm to innocent people that they should not.  But it makes you feel good.   This is strange. 

mrblaq
mrblaq

@barbertj23 @kurt124 I understood the whole time. It's quite obvious. Heavier fines for those who do bring guns there. The idea is promote peace.


barbertj23
barbertj23

@kurt124 @barbertj23 

My apologies for not being as painfully clear as possible:

A gun free zone means it is of legal concern for someone to have a gun in the area, but: People break the law. It doesn't mean the zone isn't a "gun free zone" it means that someone is breaking the law.

Do you understand what I am trying to say?

mrblaq
mrblaq

@kurt124 @barbertj23 "Gun free zone" usually means they don't want guns there. That's the idea. They wrote it in English because that's the language most people can read in America.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@barbertj23 @kurt124 Logic is not yours.  We are talking about a Gun Free Zone and i am asking you how that can be.  No attempt on your behalf to even answer.  

barbertj23
barbertj23

@kurt124 @barbertj23 

We aren't talking about an apartment, Kurt. We're talking about someone walking around on the streets. I have no idea why you want to talk about a break in when that isn't what the news story is about.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@barbertj23 @kurt124 Why would you automatically assume the best course of action would be to have a firefight?   It makes no sense. 

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@barbertj23 @kurt124 How would it be related if it was your apartment and you did not have a gun to defend yourself?    That is  the kind of introspective a smart person would have. 

barbertj23
barbertj23

@kurt124 @barbertj23 

You linked a story about how 2 guys with a gun scared off a guy without a gun?

How is that related at all?

green23
green23

@MicheleBachmann Isn't it interesting that "kurt124" appeared right after "keny" disappeared? 

Same schtick, too.

green23
green23

@kurt124 @mrblaq Yep. And speed limit signs don't prevent speeding. Stop signs don't actually make you stop. "No Parking" signs just sit there mutely when you park in front of them. 

Laws against armed robbery don't stop armed robbery. 

We should obviously only have laws that all criminals will obey. And no signs, because signs don't do anything when people ignore them. Got it. 

What a "Gun Free Zone" does is let you prosecute someone who is caught with a gun in that area. Much like people that violate traffic laws, they must be caught and tried in court first. 

Is this all new to you? People break laws, and some of them get caught and punished. What's your alternative? I bet it it's really good...

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mrblaq @barbertj23 @kurt124   People should call people like kurt a fucking idiot.  We have too many fucking idiots in society who feel the need to share their dumbass opinion on every topic.    He's a stupid jerk that thinks the shooting of another human being is what this story needs.  Guns cause violence, they don't prevent it.  

mrblaq
mrblaq

@kurt124 @mrblaq @barbertj23 Maybe people get tired of your stupid comments almost immediately? You're incredibly frustrating and egotistical. Unable to think outside your own personal experience.

barbertj23
barbertj23

@kurt124 

Surely you realize you are the only one who has lowered themselves to name calling in this thread.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@mrblaq @barbertj23 @kurt124 i know the F bomb would be out soon, always does with you drones.     Do you mean like being in fear of someone walking around in a Gun Free Zone with a gun?   

mrblaq
mrblaq

@alsdkfj It's funny that you're checking my grammar when you can't even come up with a username.

Thanks anyway.

alsdkfj
alsdkfj

 Literal logic is only a concept in mathematics. Maybe you should crack a dictionary before you go around acting like you are a master of philosophy. 

mrblaq
mrblaq

@barbertj23 @kurt124 @mrblaq Because, you know, people go to College so they can shoot stuff in fear for their life.

@kurt124 you have a shitty outlook on life where everything is a threat and nobody should be trusted.

That's fucking horrible. Like your sense of logic. Actual logic escapes you, apparently.

alsdkfj
alsdkfj

@mrblaq @kurt124 There is literally no limit to how many "what if" scenarios you want to come up with. "What if" scenarios are never solid rhetoric. Wiki "precautionary principle"

barbertj23
barbertj23

@kurt124 @barbertj23 @mrblaq 

Well it isn't really my logic as much as it is following something to it's natural conclusion.


mrblaq
mrblaq

@kurt124 @mrblaq It's not common sense at all. You have very little capacity for "what if" scenarios. It's very obvious given all the other posts I've seen by you. You are not well educated or well spoken. You must be trolling.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@barbertj23 @kurt124 @mrblaq That's your logic not mine.  Why is it that you assume these things?   Have you been taught to think like an individual?


barbertj23
barbertj23

@kurt124 @mrblaq 

You're right Kurt, if people can get their hands on things, we should just make it legal. People Beat their wives, might as well be legal, people smoke meth, might as well be legal, people drink and drive, might as well be legal, people kill other people, might as well be legal.

Follow your own logic about what you're trying to say. You can't accuse someone of not thinking about what they're saying when your own points don't make sense in a law abiding society.

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