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Police respond to reports of individuals with gun at UMD; two people in custody, campus safe

Two people were taken into custody at the University of Minnesota Duluth this morning after police responded to reports of individuals with a gun on campus.

The weapon seen by witnesses turned out to be an air pistol, officials said. No one was injured. A “shelter in place” notification was sent to students and staff until police were able to confirm that there was no threat to public safety.

UMD police reported that two males, ages 15 and 19, are facing charges of disorderly conduct, underage consumption, and possession of drugs. The two are not UMD students.

According to police, officers were called to the Kirby Plaza area of campus at 7:17 a.m. after an employee saw two individuals walk into to the transit hub, and saw one of the individuals drop what appeared to be a gun.

Police officers reached the two suspects as they were walking toward the science building at UMD and recovered the air pistol.

The university sent out an alert to students and staff just before 8 a.m. advising them to “shelter in place” while the situation unfolded. By 8:25 an “all clear” was issued, and Duluth police said the campus is safe.

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