Student with curling iron mistaken for gun causes shelter-in-place order at Monmouth University
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. — A shelter-in-place order at Monmouth University has been lifted after a gun scare.
The university issued the warning Wednesday night due to a possible armed suspect on the campus. No one was allowed to leave or enter for about five hours.
County and local police, as well as university security, sprang into action at around 9:15 p.m. to search for a possible shooter.
Photos show students taking shelter after word spread about a possible suspect near Magill Commons.
Authorities said detectives used video footage and other technology to track down the person of interest, who is a student. After questioning them, authorities determined the person was carrying a curling iron, not a gun.
“Based upon the diligent efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies, the initial information regarding an armed subject on campus and shots having been fired was unfounded,” said a statement by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
The university will have a delayed opening at noon on Thursday because of the situation overnight.
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