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Students and faculty at Sam Houston State University were placed on lockdown Friday after reports of gunmen on campus.

Campus police said they received reports of a college-age group on campus with guns. However, officials said it turned out to be connected to a Nerf-ball competition.

A campus spokesman said the group was carrying air-compressed toys.

“They looked like guns, so we had a shutdown on campus,” said Bruce Erickson with SHSU. “We got to the source of the issue and the good news is — all’s well.”

The group was interviewed by police and officers determined there was no threat or danger.

The lockdown was lifted 30 minutes later, officials said.

Officers also searched campus buildings as a precaution.

“In this day and age, we take this very seriously,” Erickson said.

News of a possible gunman or gunmen went viral quickly as students spread the reports on social media sites, including Twitter and Facebook.

Sam Houston State University has more than 17,000 students. The campus is about 70 miles north of Houston.



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