gunman at FAU

Police are on scene at FAU following reports of an armed man.

BOCA RATON, FL ( — UPDATE: 4:58p — The campus is open, the situtation has been cleared. No arrests have been made.

UPDATE 3:22P — The search for an armed black man continues. The campus remains locked down.

UPDATE 2:19P — A black man reportedly held a gun to a student's head and robbed him on the campus of Florida Atlantic University within the past hour. has received several emails sent to the university community. Among them:

At approximately 1:10 p.m., an armed robbery occurred in the Arts and Letters building (building 9) of Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus. The victim was a student. The suspect is a black male, approximately 5-10, with a muscular build, dressed in white pants and white shirt and wearing a ski mask. The suspect placed a small handgun to the victim’s head and then fled on foot after taking some of the victim’s possessions. All campus entrances are closed. Cars are being allowed to exit campus through only the 10th and 13th street exits. All vehicles are being checked before leaving campus.just received an email sent to students and staff moments ago at Florida Atlantic University stating an armed person is on campus.

Here's the original alert:

FAU ALERT: Armed Intruder on Boca Campus, Arts and Letters Building, Bldg 9, today. An unauthorized armed intruder has been reported in Arts and Letters Building, Bldg 9. Remain alert. Avoid area. Emergency personnel have been called and are on-scene handling the situation. Follow police instructions. Those off campus are advised to stay away until further notice. If you have information relevant to this emergency, call University Police.


FAU Alert: Boca Campus. Suspect Description: Black male wearing white pants, white shirt. Approximately five feet ten inches tall. Muscular build. Remain alert. Remain sheltered in place. Lock doors. Contact 911 with any information you may have.


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  1. Kim
    November 29, 2012 2:23 pm at 2:23 PM

    If FAU is under lockdown then why not the school directly across Gladse?

    • Staff
      November 29, 2012 2:24 pm at 2:24 PM

      Good question. No answer at this point.

    • Jen
      November 29, 2012 3:19 pm at 3:19 PM

      Because the assailant is on the FAU campus, and they believe he hasn’t left the campus.

  2. Anonymous
    November 29, 2012 2:28 pm at 2:28 PM

    The schools surrounding FAU were on lock down, but (at least before elementary school dismissal) JC Mitchell’s lock down was removed. As for Boca High across Glades Rd., I do not know. Most likely their lock down was lifted before dismissal too.

  3. Michael Trudel
    November 29, 2012 3:28 pm at 3:28 PM

    JC Mitchell Elementary WAS on lockdown, but was allowed to leave once school time was up. I spoke with a teacher at the school, and attitude around campus was scared at first, but now they’re not worried. PBSC, FAU, and Henderson are STILL on lockdown.

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