Chapman University cleared after reports of possible man with gun

Orange PD officers investigate one area at Chapman University following reports of a man with a possible handgun Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015.

A man was reported to have a possible handgun at Chapman University, but after an extensive search, the school was later deemed safe, officials said.

The sighting happened at about 7:15 p.m. on the campus located at 1 University Drive, according to Mary Platt, a university spokesperson.

Campus officials said the suspect was reportedly seen with a handgun in his left hand near DeMille Hall, and all students inside were asked to shelter in place.

All others in the general area were asked to evacuate.

At 8:17 p.m., Orange Police completed its search and found no threat, according to the school's last alert.

The suspect was described as a man with short black hair, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds, with a red, yellow or orange sweater.

An earlier statement published on the school's website read in part, "Chapman University takes every threat seriously. With recent events in other parts of the world, we do not want to alarm you, but we do want to communicate that there has been a reported possible threat situation that Orange law enforcement is investigating."

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