Washington : A class assignment to build toy guns prompted a campus-wide lockdown at a US university and a hunt for a possible shooting suspect after an engineering student’s model was mistaken for a real weapon. St Louis University, a private varsity in the US state of Missouri, issued a shelter in place order yesterday after a witness reported seeing someone in a black hoodie go into a dorm with what looked like a gun. Officials later sent a notice that said, “All clear. Campus is safe. Resume all normal activities.” St Louis University (SLU) spokesman Jeff Fowler was quoted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as saying that the two students had been questioned in connection with the incident. The first was cleared of any involvement.

The second showed police a toy rubber band gun in his dorm room, which the university later said prompted the scare. Police found no evidence of gunfire on or near the SLU campus. Fowler said the first student who was questioned was the person seen going into a dorm and wearing a black hoodie. pti

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