This picture of the man believed to have a gun on campus was released by the school shortly after 2:00 p.m. Authorities are still searching for the suspect.
UPDATE 1:15 p.m.
CSUN currently remains open, according to a text message sent out by the college to students. However, the Oviatt Library remains closed.
According to Carmen Chandler, director of news and information for CSUN, the campus is not on lock-down. The threat is exclusive to the Oviatt Library.
UPDATE 1:05 p.m.
UPDATE 12:45 p.m.
The university remains open. “Students, faculty and staff who feel uncomfortable may leave campus with proper notification to their faculty/supervisor,” according to a press release by the school.
A white male, potentially of middle eastern descent, was spotted with a gun in the Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge today at 10:27 a.m., according to an emergency press release by the university police.
Authorities are currently conducting a search of the library, which has since been evacuated, and the college has warned the campus to “be advised to be on the lookout for this individual.”
The school also called students and faculty to inform them on the situation.
The man is described as 5’8, wearing a white tee shirt that says “human rights violation.” Anyone with information is urged to call university police at 818-677-2111.
Full Press Release:
This is an emergency notification (Oviatt Library) message for the California State University, Northridge community. At 10:27 this morning University police received information of a white male 5’8 wearing a white tee shirt that says “human rights violation”, of potential middle eastern descent, short spiky hair, short jeans, indicated he had a gun. University police are currently conducting a thorough search of the Oviatt library. Campus is advised to be on the lookout for this individual. If seen – do not approach and contact Police at 818-677-2111. Further information will be released as available.