Neon Toy Rifle Scares Student, Causes Lockdown On 3 College Campuses

A student saw a man carrying a toy rifle and panicked, prompting a three-hour lockdown of all nearby universities.

Davie, FL – A man toting a brightly-colored toy rifle caused the lockdown of three college campuses last week.

The incident began just after 9 p.m. on Oct. 3 when a student called the Davie Police Department (DPD) to report that she spotted a white-bearded man packing a rifle at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) - Davie, WTVJ reported.

The student claimed that the suspect pointed the rifle at her and started approaching her vehicle, according to the Miami Herald.

“I don’t know if it was a real gun or not, but he kept pointing it at my car,” the woman said in a 911 recording. “I literally sped off as fast as I could… he first pointed up at, like, 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.”

FAU, Broward College, and Nova Southeastern University were all placed on lockdown due to their close proximity to one another, WTVJ reported.

“BC Alert: Central Campus – Shelter in place,” Broward Collage said in a tweet. “The campus is on lockdown due to police activity in the area. Please await further instructions.”

“Possible W/M with a rifle was seen close to the campus,” the DPD tweeted a short while later.

Officers searched the campus on foot and with helicopters, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

The lockdown continued for nearly three more hours, the Miami Herald reported.

Just before midnight, officers located a 60-year-old man walking along Stirling Road, which is a significant distance away from the campuses, according to the paper.

He was carrying a green, orange, and yellow toy rifle in his hand, and was packing a black umbrella under his arm, police said.

He was also wearing a gray sweater and had a white beard, which matched the description provided by the student.

The man told police that he had been walking in the campus area earlier in the night, but he denied having pointed the plastic toy at anyone, the Miami Herald reported.

Officers seized the toy rifle, and the man was released.

“After clearing the scene at the #Davie college area. A #DaviePolice officer located an individual with this toy gun walking on Stirling Rd,” the DPD later tweeted. “They both matched the description given by the witness. The toy gun was collected and the investigation was turned over to detectives.”

Comments (48)
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flybynight
flybynight

OMG, I might not sleep a wink tonight!!!!

shooter
shooter

Unfortunately, some people have painted real firearms in colors like this to help them get away with carrying/using them for illegal purposes, hoping that those who see them regard them as harmless toys and as a result, do NOT report them to police.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

A squad car needs to be dispatched to the home of my 5 year old nephew ASAP !! He has repeatedly pointed these types of scary weapons at me, and I can assure you it is a trauma that never goes away. Lol....the female student in the above story needs to question college faculty about the education she’s getting - cos it ain’t working!

JBo
JBo

I wonder...do you need a permit for that?

RussellSR
RussellSR

Wow one 2 man company is offering $600 paint jobs for guns. PANIC!!!!

DocRyder
DocRyder

Ok, so why was the guy's toy confiscated? What law did he violate?

flybynight
flybynight

Ban paint!!!!

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Was that a ghost toy gun? Well, I feel so much better now that police have removed this scary toy from the streets.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

good thing he wasn't a black child playing in a park in an open-carry state. he might have gotten shot within a second of the cops rolling up on him.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Well at least it wasn't an ambush for Booger's sake!

61mouse
61mouse

Snowflakes I see snowflakes everywhere ❄❄❄❄

Judid292
Judid292

Talk about overkill..... my three year old grandson makes toy guns(shape) with his megablocks. And does sound effects “pew, pew, pew” Do I need to report him?

tfort
tfort

Give him his gun BACK! This is ridiculous.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

So was there sufficient cause to do a lockdown here? Or was this a Constitutional violation?

MickeyF
MickeyF

Oh, of course, @Judid292 . That way, the snowflakes can indoctrinate him.

Musicray
Musicray

Seriously? They’ve gone too far...