Suspected gunman pleads not guilty

Andrew Lopez

Gahren Moradian pleaded not guilty to felony criminal threats Wednesday at North Valley District Superior Court.

Moradian, 22-year-old CSUN student from Burbank, was arrested Sept. 27 for the incident in which a man allegedly claimed he had a gun in the Oviatt Library.

He turned himself in to campus police the night of the incident that shut down the library for the day and called the LAPD, California Highway Patrol and bomb squads to campus to investigate.

A campus-wide email from President Koester, sent on Oct. 4, one week after the incident, read, “The student (Moradian) has since been released from custody but is not permitted to return to campus pending the resolution of this matter.”

District Attorney Rick Hirsh argued on behalf of the state that Moradian presented a potentially volatile situation on campus.

Judge Lloyd M. Nash said CSUN students have the right to go into school without fear and while the case is pending, Moradian would remain ordered to stay away from CSUN.

Nash sustained a protective order that does not allow Moradian to return to campus.

Moradian waived his right to a jury trial and is due back in court on Nov. 17 for a preliminary trial.