William & Mary

Reported incident

Anna Martin, vice president for administration and chair of the emergency management team, sent the following message to the campus community on Sept. 13 - Ed.

Dear W&M community:

I am writing to inform you about a reported incident last night involving a gun replica.  While there was not an immediate threat to the campus community, we wanted make you aware of the incident and provide you accurate information so that false rumors do not spread.

About 11:30 p.m., a student near the Grad Complex reported hearing a series of “popping noises” similar to the sound of a cap pistol. The student also witnessed someone in the parking lot near the Green Line bus stop brandishing what appeared to be a  gun. The person pointed the “gun” at the witness and then left the area. William & Mary Police responded and officers searched the surrounding area. After investigating the scene, they are confident the person was holding a gun replica and not a real firearm. There was no evidence that a gun had been fired and the witness told police he/she was also certain the person was not shooting a real gun.

We appreciate the student’s contacting us about this incident. Brandishing a firearm – toy or real – is against the law. Replica guns are also included in our campus’ policy regarding Weapons on Campus.  

The William &  Mary Police would like to talk with the person involved in this incident. The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s, muscular build, tall and bald. He was wearing a grey shirt and khaki pants. He left the area in a grey or silver Mini Cooper with Virginia license tags.  If you have information on this incident please contact William & Mary Police at 757-221-4596.

Thank you.

Anna Martin

Chair, Emergency Management Team