Police gave the all-clear after a report of a man with a gun was determined to be unfounded
Los Angeles, California – Gun violence is a serious problem in the United States. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were over 44,000 incidents of gun violence in the U.S. in 2021. This includes instances of mass shootings, homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings. The United States has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world, and this, combined with lax gun control laws, is a major contributing factor to the high levels of gun violence in the country.
During the 2021–2022 school year, there were 193 incidents of gunfire on school grounds. This caused the authorities to be on high alert and take any report of guns on school grounds seriously, whether it was true or not.
Early Monday morning, there was a report about a man with a gun inside a vehicle in the parking structure at California State University Northridge, forcing police to urge people on campus to shelter in place and avoid the parking lot area while they were conducting an investigation.
About an hour after the report, at approximately 9 a.m., the investigation showed there was no threat and determined the report was unfounded, so police gave the all clear.
“There is an individual reported to have a gun in his car on campus. If you are in a campus parking lot – leave now. If you are on campus, please shelter in place. All others are advised to stay away from campus until further notice,” the tweet from Cal State Northridge read.
No more details about the investigation were made public, and it remains unclear if the man who was said to have a gun in a vehicle managed to leave the area before the investigation or if the report was false.