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Montgomery College student taken into custody after “shooting” comment

A Montgomery College student was taken into custody by Rockville police Monday afternoon after commenting that he “felt like shooting people just for fun,” a spokeswoman for the school said.

The student said he was upset over a breakup, according to Elizabeth Homan, the college’s communications director. No weapon was found, she said.

People the student spoke with on Montgomery College’s Rockville campus were concerned and went to the campus’s security office, and officials called in the Rockville police. Police and campus security eventually found him eating lunch, Homan said.

Rockville Police Lt. Eric Over said a decision on whether or not the student will face criminal charges is expected to be made Tuesday following an investigation.

Police issued a “letter of trespass” that prevents the student from coming onto campus for three years without permission of the college, Homan said.

“Certainly things can change, but for now that’s in place,” she said.

A school dean is also engaging in a separate process to determine how the student’s academic status could be affected, Homan said.

The campus was not locked down, an action reserved for situations posing an “immediate safety risk,” such as an active shooter or hostage situation, Homan said.

“This was a generalized verbal threat...There were no plans verbalized,” Homan said. “It all ended well. We’re thankful... that when someone was concerned, they came to our security office, as they should.”

The incident, from the time the report was made until the student was taken into custody, took about 45 minutes, Homan said.

Mike Laris came to Post by way of Los Angeles and Beijing. He’s written about the world’s greatest holstein bull, earth’s biggest pork producer, home builders, the homeless, steel workers and Italian tumors.

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