Gun scare at Calif. campus tests text-alert system

Safety officials now think the man reported to be carrying a rifle on campus may have been a student with a paintball gun. About 20,000 subscribers received text alerts of the potential danger.

By Tony Barboza and Paloma Esquivel
Los ANgeles Times

IRVINE, Calif. — Students and teachers at UC Irvine were shaken Wednesday when officials sent out a campus alert saying they were responding to reports of a camouflaged man with a rifle on campus, a report that was later downgraded when police determined that it was probably just a student carrying a paintball gun.

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