WAUKESHA, WIS.— Classes and other routine activities have resumed on the Carroll University campus after a sighting of a man with a gun near campus prompted university officials to lock down the campus this morning.
The lockdown began at 10:39 a.m. today after a campus text alert system was activated. It was lifted shortly after noon when Waukesha Police Department officers notified Carroll Department of Public Safety officers that the suspect was in custody.
The PioAlert system, designed to provide instant messages to students, staff and faculty, informed the campus that a man with a gun was spotted near the Kilgour-Trailblazer Tennis Complex on the northwest corner of campus and urged everyone to stay inside. Similar messages were sent by e-mail and posted on the university website.
At no time were Carroll students, staff or faculty in danger. Waukesha police later confirmed that the gun was an airsoft gun commonly used in recreational or sporting activities.
“The PioAlert system worked perfectly,” said Dr. Theresa Barry, vice president of student affairs. “Students received key information immediately and followed the directions of law enforcement professionals.”
Waukesha police apprehended the suspect at a nearby residence. Once the “all-clear” was given, students, staff and faculty were notified via the PioAlert system, e-mail and the university website that normal schedules could resume.
“We are extremely grateful for the immediate and professional response of the Waukesha Police Department,” said Michael Zens, Carroll’s director of public safety. “Our ongoing partnership with Waukesha police has provided valuable expertise as we work cooperatively to help ensure the safety of all campus constituents and those in our neighborhood.”