Three men with a pellet gun shaped like an AR-15 were detained at Florida Gulf Coast University early Monday morning after students and staff received a late-night text warning them of a man with a weapon reported on campus.
FGCU police say there is no threat, but those three men could face serious consequences.
According to FGCU’s student code of conduct, having a weapon on campus—including AirSoft guns, BB guns and pellet guns—is prohibited. Those found in violation of this rule will be subject to arrest and prosecution.
The first text alert from FGCU went out at 12:40 a.m., warning of an anonymous report that came into university police regarding a possible man seen at Eagle Hall with a firearm. Police were said to be canvassing the area.
Three texts sent to FGCU students and staff about three men detained on campus with a realistic pellet gun, Monday, January 23, 2023. Credit: WINK News
Around 20 minutes later, students and staff received three more messages updating them on officers detaining three men in Eagle Hall for having a pellet gun shaped like an AR-15, and assuring them that there was no threat to the university.
WINK News working to find out if those three men are students at FGCU and if they are still being detained.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.