CSUN student held for questioning by police after Oviatt shutdown

Irene Moore

CSUN philosophy student Gahren Moradian, 22, of Burbank was being held for questioning by the Los Angeles county police department Wednesday after he turned himself in to authorities following reports of a man claiming to have a gun in the Oviatt Library.

CSUN police have not provided additional information beyond the university’s statement released Wednesday afternoon.

The philosophy department has declined to comment at this time. Calls and emails to family and friends were not returned, his online presence has been the only source available by the time of publication.

According to Moradian’s Linkedin profile, he worked as a volunteer for Glendale Adventist Medical Center from May 2008 to November 2008. A call to the Glendale Adventist Medical Center could not confirm his position.

Moradian listed Psi Chi, American Philosophical Association and American Medical Student Association as his CSUN activities and societies.

Moradian graduated Burbank High School in 2007, according to his Facebook profile, and listed his expected CSUN graduation year as 2012.

Socrates, Plato, Descartes, Carl Jung and Schopenhauer were among the figures listed under Moradian’s “People Who Inspire” tab, and he quoted Marcus Aurelius as having said, “A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.”

A man with the same name as Moradian who listed his location as Burbank, signed two petitions on change.org.  One titled “Don’t Let Arsen Die: Grant 13-year-old Cancer Patient Humanitarian Parole,” and the other “Tell Congress to Recognize the Armenian Genocide.”

Law enforcement searched the library and monitored campus perimeters Tuesday. Initial reports noted the incident occurred at 10:27 a.m., but crime logs released Wednesday by CSUN police reported the crime as occurring at 10:14 a.m.

Students received the first automated message over an hour later at about 11:45 a.m. Five automated updates followed throughout the day.

Details about Moradian’s charges and when he will appear in court to follow.