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University of Mary Students React to Lock down


The University of Mary was on lock down this afternoon and tonight a suspect is in custody.

At around 2:30 this afternoon students and staff were advised to take shelter in their classroom or dorm room after a student made a threat via social media.

The Burleigh County Sheriff's Department confirms 20-year-old Patrick Casas, a student and football player, posted a violent threat on Facebook referencing the Virginia Tech shootings.

Word of the lock down spread quickly on social media and sent a shockwave through campus.

<<"It was pretty tense I mean you don't think anything like this is going to happen," Caleb Shaffer said.

Everyone is safe tonight after students and staff at the University of Mary were told to take shelter earlier this afternoon after reports of a threat.

"There's cops going by and it was really scary," Kayla Jessen said.

University of Mary student and football player Patrick Casas posted this Facebook message earlier today saying "I'll make the Virginia Tech shooting look like a game of paintball."

"At one point we saw the cops come by with their guns and we all got down on the floor below the tables because we weren't sure if it was the cops because we couldn't see their uniform we just saw the tip of the gun," Nicole Halderman said.

It's not known whether or not Casas did have a gun on campus.

"They just said some guy in the weight room had a gun," Shaffer said.

But rumors and fear began to spread quickly.

"Just cause he was an athlete we were scared because we were in like the athletic building so we felt we were more vulnerable," Jessen said.

Once the lock down was over, students rushed out of classrooms to find out exactly what had happened.

"Very high adrenaline just you could tell that everyone was very worked up over it," Halderman said.

Casas is expected to make his initial court appearance Monday in Burleigh County.>>

No charges have been filed but he faces terrorizing charges and is being held in the Burleigh County jail.

Casas was arrested and taken into custody on south Washington Street.

Sheriff Pat Heinert tells KX News the Casas was on foot and had been dropped off in the area.

He was not armed when taken into custody.


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