'All clear' given at Stony Brook U.

Earlier reports of a gunman on campus
February 25, 2008 3:44:27 PM PST
Campus police have given the all clear at Stony Brook after earlier reports of a gunman.Around 4 p.m., the following message was posted on the campus Web site:

"University and Suffolk County Police have conducted an extensive search of the Stony Brook University Main Campus and have determined that there is no longer an immediate threat to the Campus Community. Police have issued an all-clear to continue normal classes and activities. University and Suffolk County Police are continuing with increased patrols throughout campus.

"As always, remain alert and report any suspicious activity to University Police by dialing 911 from any campus phone or 632-3333."

The head of campus police told Eyewitness News that around 2 p.m., a staff worker at the cafeteria located in the student activity center approached a man who he thought was shoplifting. He says the man had what appeared to be a 9 mm gun. The man fled without shots fired.

Authorities swept the campus with their police, but no suspect was found. Suffolk County police were only assisiting. Text messages were sent out to student.

The statement on the Stony Brook Web site read: "University Police received a report that a young male fled the Student Activity Center Cafeteria and later displayed what was reported as a handgun. The individual was reported to be an African American male, approximately 25 years of age, wearing a black coat and black wool hat. He fled in the direction of Harriman Hall. University Police are searching the area and investigating the report. Remain alert, proceed with caution and notify University Police if you see anyone fitting the description of the individual or anything unusual. You can reach University Police by callling 911 from any campus phone or 632-3333."