University Police Investigate Gunman Sighting

By: Whitney Holmes Email
By: Whitney Holmes Email

April 24, 2007

One week after a gunman opened fire inside the engineering building at Virginia Tech, students reported seeing a gunman around the engineering building at UVa.

This scare turned out to be a class project gone wrong.

At 11:20 Monday night, someone called 911 after seeing a guy, dressed in black, carrying a gun and roaming around Wilsdorf Hall.

When Charlottesville and UVa police arrived, a female student told them they were filming a scene for a class project that involved a robbery.

As a precaution, police, with guns drawn, combed through and evacuated the building. They arrested a second-year student, Christopher Smith, for having a plastic BB gun.

"Students are not allowed to bring any firearms or anything of any projectile type," said Capt. Michael Coleman of the University Police Department. "That is part of the school regulations that all students agree to follow."

One student who saw the gunman was taken to the hospital because she was so shaken up.

The professor says they did not know about the specific scene or props for this project.

As of air time, it is unclear if this scene was planned after the massacre at Virginia Tech or if it was just a coincidence.

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