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Toy gun prompts 3 campuses to shut down

A brightly colored toy rifle prompted the shutdown of three Florida college campuses on Thursday when a student leaving one of the campuses for the night reported a man pointing a gun at her car, WSVN reported.

“A little bit after 9 p.m., we received a call from a female that was a student over at FAU leaving campus for the night,” Davie Police Lt. Mark Leone said. “She said that as she was pulling out of the parking lot, she saw a man standing on the outside of the parking lot, over in the grassy swale area, holding what she believed was a rifle.”

Police released the 911 call on Friday.

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“I don’t know if it was a real gun or not, but he kept pointing it at my car,” the woman said to the 911 operator. “I literally sped off as fast as I could just because I was going out, and he first pointed it up at the sky. He, like, showed it to me — well presented it, rather — and then as I was pulling out, he was, like, pointing it at my car.”

The incident took place on Florida Atlantic University’s Davie campus, which is on Broward College’s Central Campus. Both of those schools were shutdown, as was nearby Nova Southeastern University. The all clear was given for all three schools at about 11:30 p.m.

Davie police said they located a man at about 1 a.m. Saturday morning fitting the description the woman gave. They confiscated the gun and released the man, said to be in his 60s.

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[Featured image: Davie Police Department]