‘Costumed actors’ spark Arkansas State University lockdown after gunmen reported on campus

Arkansas State University in a photo from the school's Facebook page.

JONESBORO, Ark. (WNCN) – Arkansas State University lifted a lockdown of its Jonesboro campus that followed reports of armed men near the student union.

The university lifted the lockdown about an hour after it took effect after school and city police determined there was no threat.

The university sent an emergency alert shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday saying two armed men were seen near the student union. A later message said three men wearing all black were seen.

The university posted an explanation of the incident on Facebook at 4:53 p.m.

“Apparently students were filming a video project near the Union, and costumed actors were reported as possible campus intruders. These students have been located and interviewed by University Police Officers. As a result, it has been confirmed that there was no gunman on campus,” officials said in the Facebook post.

The lockdown was the second at the school in the last three months.

A man with a shotgun drove onto campus on Dec. 10. That incident ended peacefully as the man eventually surrendered.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

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