Scare in Engineering Building at UVa

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

April 24, 2007

One student walked away in handcuffs Monday night, after someone called 911 when they saw students filming a project and thought it was a real situation.

Just before 11:30, police received a call that a man at Wilsdorf Hall on grounds had a gun. When police arrived, a female student approached officers and told them they were filming for a school project.

The film involved a scene of a robbery where student Christopher Alan Smith used a plastic BB gun. He was then arrested on scene for brandishing a firearm. Police said they searched the building and took every precaution to make sure everyone was safe.

“We had information that this was not a danger to the students. As a precautionary manner, they felt like it was better to go through the area,” said Michael Coleman, Captain of the University Police.

One person was taken to the hospital because she was so shaken up. Coleman added many students saw the situation take place, so they wanted to reassure them this wasn't a dangerous situation.

The professor who assigned the class project said she was unaware of any guns being used.

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