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UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at Carroll University

The man who carried an air gun on the campus of Carroll University and triggered a lockdown has been released and cited for disorderly conduct.

The college sent text alerts and emails to students to stay inside school buildings Tuesday after at least two people reported seeing a man with a gun on campus. Several Waukesha public schools in the area also kept students inside.

Waukesha Police Capt. Ron Oremus said Wednesday the man found the non-lethal weapon in the garbage and was carrying it back to his apartment when he was spotted on campus. Oremus says police believe the man had no ill intent, but the citation was issued because his actions caused ``a stir.''

Heavily-armed officers approached the man's apartment complex with guns drawn and arrested him.

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Chopper 4 shows a man taken into custody after officials locked down the Carroll University campus in Waukesha following a report of a man with a firearm.

The lockdown was lifted just after 12:00 p.m. Tuesday.

TODAY'S TMJ4 video showed a man near the scene being taken into custody at that time.  There was no initial word on whether that suspect was connected to the lockdown.

Waukesha Central Middle School, Saratoga Middle School, Randall Elementary, Whittier Elementary School and Waukesha's District Offices were placed on lockdown as well.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Jermont Terry reports that parents of Waukesha Catholic Memorial High School also received word that the their school was on lockdown.  The school did not initially confirm that report.

At about 11:25 a.m., police with guns drawn had closed off Maple Street near the campus, according to TODAY'S TMJ4's Todd Hicks.  It was believed the gunman may live near that location.

Authorities reportedly may know the name of the alleged gunman.

The school halted classes for the remainder of Tuesday, and asked students off campus not to come to the university.

Carroll University's spokesperson told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Michelle Richards that two students spotted the gunman with what was described as a long gun.  The spokesperson said he is white.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Jessie Garcia teaches a class on the campus, and Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker was assisting in a class there Tuesday morning.

They both say the text notification went to students' phones, which Jessie says she received as well.

This was the text that came to students at 10:39 a.m.:

"Text from Carroll:: Not a test There is a report of a male with a firearm walking near the tennis courts and the Barstow Building on Barstow. remain indoors until further notice"

The gunman is reportedly in his 50's, wearing a brown jacket and black hat last seen walking west from Barstow Street toward Grand.

A second text message came to students at 11:09 a.m. with that description.

Jessie says all of the buildings were being locked.  Students within her class were remaining as calm as possible.

Jodi tells us that students were having trouble communicating with parents due to the cement walls inside many of the Carroll University buildings.

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A small university in southeastern Wisconsin is keeping students in its classrooms while police investigate a report of a man with a firearm.

Carroll University sent a text alert to students after the public safety office received a report of a man with a gun near the tennis courts.

Student Affairs administrative assistant Yolanda Medina says no one is allowed to leave the campus buildings while the report is investigated.

Carroll has about 3,500 students and is located about 30 miles from Milwaukee in the city of Waukesha.

Get updates on this story here, thanks to our news partners at 620 WTMJ in Milwaukee.

 

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