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	From left: Regents Gene Gallegos and Carolyn Abeita along with President David Schmidly listen to opening remarks during Tuesday’s Board of Regents meeting in the SUB. The board decided to delay voting on the UNM Master Plan of Development to allow more input from the UNM community.

From left: Regents Gene Gallegos and Carolyn Abeita along with President David Schmidly listen to opening remarks during Tuesday’s Board of Regents meeting in the SUB. The board decided to delay voting on the UNM Master Plan of Development to allow more input from the UNM community.

Witness reports gun sighting on campus

An individual reported seeing a man on campus carrying what appeared to be a gun on Tuesday morning.

UNMPD officers searched the area, near Logan Hall, and issued the all-clear. Police have not made any arrests in connection with the incident.

University spokeswoman Susan McKinsey said the investigation is ongoing.

TextMe UNM, the University’s emergency notification system, sent two messages to those signed up for the service — one at 11:54 a.m. telling people to avoid the area and one at 12:12 p.m. announcing the all-clear.

The subject line of the first message was “Public reports of male with gun,” and the message read, “Police are investigating. Avoid southwest portion of main campus, especially Logan Hall.”

In the second message, the subject line was “All clear,” and the message was “Police have resolved the issue.”

McKinsey, who spoke on behalf of UNMPD because the department’s public information officers were unavailable, said UNMPD got a call around 11:30 Tuesday morning requesting officers at the southwest portion of campus.

“They got a call from an individual over in the vicinity of Logan Hall going, ‘I’ve seen an individual who I believe is carrying a gun,’” she said. “Police take calls like that very seriously, so they dispatched officers to the scene.”

McKinsey said UNMPD always welcomes tips about suspicious activity.

“Our police will tell you that they always want individuals who believe they have seen something suspicious or believe that there is some cause for concern to contact them,” she said. “They are going to investigate it. They take it very seriously.”

McKinsey said UNMPD officers thoroughly searched the area before issuing the all-clear, but they didn’t catch the suspect.

“They were not only looking around the area of Logan, but then they had to start looking around surrounding buildings,” she said. “Once they had done that, once they had talked to the witness and once they felt confident that they could issue the all-clear, then it was OK for people just to go about their business.”

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