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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2007 12:18 am | Updated: 7:35 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The campus of Mesa Community College was locked down Wednesday night after two people in a school parking lot got into an argument and one reportedly went to retrieve a gun from his car, officials said.

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The campus was in lockdown for about 30 minutes.

“Nobody was seen with a gun, no one was injured and no shots were fired,” said Capt. Lynn Bray, a school security official. But security and Mesa police officers searched the grounds doggedly and took precautions in escorting students and faculty to their vehicles, he said.

Mesa police were called at 7:44 p.m.

“They responded very quickly; they were on campus by 7:48 p.m.,” Jerry Davis, vice president of administration, said of Mesa police. “They closed the campus. They’re just working on escorting people to their cars.”

Bray said the campus search involved school security and Mesa police, and that a campuswide safety protocol went into effect moments after the public gun threat.

An alarm went off on the phones of all classrooms, alerting teachers and students there was danger on campus and to remain in their classrooms.

“We went into the supply area because we could lock the doors there,” said Robert Trask, a junior at MCC, who was taking a class Wednesday night in the physical science building.

The warning rippled across campus.

“The teacher went outside and locked the door to the music building,” said Ian Odgear, a student inside the building.

The alert described the person as male, 6- feet 1-inch tall, weighing 220 pounds and wearing all black, said Dan Saba, a junior standing outside the physical science building. Saba said the description was passed onto faculty and then students.

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