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BREAKING: Possible gunman in custody with CSUN police


The susepected gunman faces a pillar in front of the Oviatt Library. He was said to have been screaming profanitites. A student provided this photo to the university.

>>>UPDATE 9:03 p.m.: The suspect turned himself in, said Carmen Ramos Chandler, director of news and information. He is currently in custody with CSUN Police, said Christina Villalobos, special assistant to the chief of police & public information officer.

>>>UPDATE 8:40 p.m.: The suspect has been apprehended and is in custody, according to an automated phone message from CSUN.

>>>UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: The bomb squad and K-9 unit have left the Oviatt Library.

>>>UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: CSUNPD, LAPD and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) continue to thoroughly search the campus and surrounding area. The Oviatt Library remains closed. Currently they have not identified anything threatening on or off campus.

>>>UPDATE 5:20 p.m.: The campus has not been closed because LAPD and CHP have searched the campus and surrounding area since the incident was reported and have not found anything suspicious, said Carmen Chandler, director of news and information.

>>>UPDATE 4:46 p.m.: Police will soon escort students into the library to retrieve personal items left inside when it was evacuated, said Augustine Castaneda, CSUN security guard.

>>>UPDATE 4:35 p.m.: Two Los Angeles Fire Department trucks are now stationed to the northeast of the Oviatt Library.

“If we’re needed for medical problems, that’s why we’re standing here,” Capt. Polzer said.

>>>UPDATE 4:14 p.m.: The Oviatt Library will not reopen until 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, said Mark Stover, CSUN library dean.

>>>UPDATE 4:10 p.m.: Police entered the Oviatt Library at approximately 3:40 for a second search of the building.

>>>UPDATE 3:35 p.m.: Police, the K-9 Unit and bomb squad are about to enter the Oviatt Library for the first time since it was evacuated, said Kirk Albanese, commanding officer, operations-Valley burea.

Albanese said student witnesses said the suspect stood outside of the Oviatt and said he would harm himself and others with the gun he had, then walked inside the building. The building was then evacuated, but no one knows if the suspect left the building.

>>>UPDATE 3:16 p.m.: When asked when the Oviatt would reopen and the campus would return to normal, Carmen Chandler, director of news and information, said she did not know.

>>>UPDATE 3:09 p.m.: Four K-9 Units are at the Oviatt Library.

>>>UPDATE 2:53 p.m.: One bomb squad truck and one K-9 Unit are on campus, police have requested three more K-9 Units, said Officer Pearce.

>>>UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: The K-9 Unit is on their way to campus, said Officer Pearce.

>>>UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: Class has not been cancelled, but students should give their professors proper notification if they do not feel safe enough to come to campus, said an automated call from CSUN to all students around 1:30 p.m. The Oviatt Library remains closed.

>>>UPDATE 2:04 p.m.: The bomb squad has been called to the Oviatt, and more are on their way, said LAPD Officer Pearce.

>>>UPDATE 2:02 p.m.: The bomb squad is on Nordhoff Street and Darby Avenue, probably heading to the library, said Professor Ezra Shapiro.

>>>UPDATE 1:46 p.m.: The search perimeter for the suspected gunman on campus has expanded on all sides. The perimeter covers Bayramian Hall to the West, the planetarium to the East, Sierra Tower and Eucalyptus Hall to the South, and the Education building to the North.

According to Police Captain Fred Fernandez, the library will remain closed until a second search is conducted with resources from the LAPD and search dogs. Fernandez reported they “cleared the library thoroughly” using the fire drill system and searched the building. Fernandez said the gunman told a staff member at the library that he had a gun which was out of sight, and authorities were informed.

It is not confirmed whether or not the suspect is a CSUN student.

>>> UPDATE 1:25 p.m.: According to an eye-witness on campus, the suspected gunman was seen outside of the Oviatt library before the campus-wide alert was issued.

Sarkis Mkrtchyan, 24, claims he saw a man who fit the suspect’s description screaming profanities next to a stone pillar by the front of the building saying he was “doing a lot, not getting credit for it, and there’s no recognition.”

According to Dean Arnold, the music and media supervisor at the library, every available police officer was dispatched to the scene, including trainees.

Arnold added that authorities were informed of the suspect after he was overheard talking to someone on campus. The fellow student became suspicious, and called campus police.

According to the official CSUN news feed, President Koester and Provost Harry Hellenbrand arrived to the library not long after police were informed.

Eye-witnesses in the library at the time of the evacuation said, at approximately 10:30 a.m., two police officers rushed into the front of the library and quickly split apart. Student Raymond Paguia, who was in the first floor of the Oviatt at the time, said the fire alarm went off shortly after and students were evacuated immediately.

At 1 p.m., official university sources notified students and faculty who feel uncomfortable are permitted to leave campus with proper notification to their faculty/supervisor.

View CSUN Evacuated Areas in a larger map

UPDATE 12:40 p.m.: According to Carmen Chandler, director of news and information for Cal State University Northridge, the campus is not on an enforced lock-down.  The threat is confined to the Oviatt Library.

Police are looking for a man who allegedly claimed to have a gun on campus.  He has not been seen since the initial reports this morning.  An email was sent out to students notifying them of the possible gunman at 11:48am, over an hour after the incident was reported.

Students have said they are leaving CSUN campus due to the possible threat.

12:00 p.m.: A man claimed to have a gun Tuesday morning in the now-evacuated Oviatt Library, according to an emergency message sent to students by CSUN police.

The man was described as 5’8”, wearing short jeans and a white t-shirt with the words “human rights violatin” and donning short spiky hair, according to the message.

City police were notified of the incident at 10:27 a.m., and students received the message about 11:45 a.m.

If members of the CSUN community see this person, they are advised not to approach him, but university officials ask that they call CSUN police at 818-677-2111.

Contributing reporters: Anthony Carpio, Mary Pham, Ron Rokhy, Katherine O’Neill, Andrew Lopez, A.J. Circhirillo, Hansook Oh, Caitlin Martin, Andres Aguila, Tessie Navarro, Mariela Molina, Ashley Soley-Cerro, Liana Hofer, Jessica Estrada, Alonso Tacanga



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  1. Foxybrown Sep 30, 2011

    Relieved that no one was hurt considering the seriousness of the threat.   But dont you think this warranted closing campus?  I mean, they searched the library and turns out he was not there.   The location of the guy they were looking for was unknown and he was out there among all of us…could have been anywhere on campus.  

  2. A student's mom Sep 28, 2011

    IF convicted, he should pay for the cost of searching for him — the cost of the bomb squad, paramedics at the ready, the K9 units, the additional campus security, the firefighters and EMR teams.

  3. Public Servant Sep 28, 2011

    Nothing but a bunch of RACIST turds at CSUN!  The MEChA presence at that school make the school absolutely irrelevant, in terms of higher education! “Chicano studies” Paaaaaaaalease, bunch of malcontentious freaking dolts!

  4. Julia Sep 27, 2011

    So glad everyone is safe. Looks like the antics of CSUN students haven’t been much better since I left this place back in ’09.

  5. Benjamin Andrews Sep 27, 2011

    Human rights violation: making us miss class you nut! We were supposed to have a library tour tonight. If they catch this guy he should have to reimburse all the students for wasting our tuition! 

  6. Douchelord Sep 27, 2011


  7. Chick5 Sep 27, 2011

    um, he looks like an average student, also if he is a student that means he got the same message we all did (including the part where it describes what he wears) so that means he could easily change his clothes and go on with his life, and the cops would still be at the library looking for him….just saying…

    1. Baku Akami Sep 27, 2011

      Just look for the guy running naked across campus.

  8. Anonymous Sep 27, 2011

    Why does it take an hour and 18 minutes AFTER there is a report of a gun man in the Oviatt library to notify the students in the library??? Shouldn’t they be notified at the same time?? THEY are the ones in the library WITH the gun man afterall.

    1. Daniel Sep 27, 2011

      We got evacuated from the library at 10:30 am right when it was reported. Most of us knew what was going on, the library was closed after that. 

  9. Honeylatina5 Sep 27, 2011

    How do they have a pic of the guy but not him?

    1. Teona Sep 27, 2011

      probably someone took a pic and reported to the police after. 

  10. Tiffany Leigh20 Sep 27, 2011

    Pedifiles on campus now a wannabe middle eastern gangsta? LOL…This place is so sketch!

    1. wow Sep 27, 2011

      College students are unable to spell pedophiles?  This place is so overrated.

      1. Guest1 Sep 28, 2011

        you spelled it wrong too?

  11. Jefflopez71 Sep 27, 2011

    I think the school needs better security, this is the second time something has happened tin a year.

    1. Daniel Sep 27, 2011

      The school is actually doing an excellent job at security. They notified everyone including parents at a pretty timely manner. What else can they do though? Put giant metal detectors all around Nordhoff, Reseda, and Zelzah?

    2. Old Glory Sep 28, 2011

      Better security? What do you want metal detectors at every building and strip searches?
      Damn, a hundred cops show up and the school notified us and they arrested the guy and you blame security.

  12. joyjf Sep 27, 2011

    If they don’t know where the guy is, how can they know that the threat is contained to the library?

  13. oololololol Sep 27, 2011


    1. Guest Sep 27, 2011

      really? immature much?

  14. emergo Sep 27, 2011

    I’m not putting myself at risk by going to my afternoon class. Even if it IS confined to the library, you never know if Mr. Crazy left or what.

  15. I love csun Sep 27, 2011


  16. GUEST Sep 27, 2011

    I believe the school is on lockdown.  I wouldn’t show up for classes until I hear this is over.

  17. Guest Sep 27, 2011

    as right now. classes are active.

  18. Slickpr66 Sep 27, 2011

    I have the same question.  Are classes canceled?

  19. Slickpr66 Sep 27, 2011

    I have the same question.  Are classes canceled?

  20. Ngoc Chan Nguyen Sep 27, 2011

    Should we go to class today?

  21. Ngoc Chan Nguyen Sep 27, 2011

    Should we go to class today?

    1. lol Sep 27, 2011


  22. KarinaR Sep 27, 2011

    Classes canceled?

  23. John Sep 27, 2011

    did they catch him?

  24. Drathore Sep 27, 2011

    is library is closed ??

    1. GUEST Sep 27, 2011


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