The lockdown at FAU's Boca Raton campus was lifted about three hours after an armed suspect allegedly robbed a student at gunpoint on Thursday. Students Alessia Pizzoccheri and Adrian Luque spoke about the incident.
A lockdown at Florida Atlantic University's Boca Raton campus was lifted about three hours after an armed suspect allegedly robbed a student at gunpoint on Thursday.
The male student was robbed at 1:10 p.m. inside the Arts and Letters building, otherwise known as Building 9, on the Boca Raton campus, the school said in an email.
FAU said the suspect was wearing white pants, white shirt and ski mask, and for hours authorities stopped and searched all cars leaving the campus. The lockdown was lifted around 4 p.m.
"The suspect placed a small handgun to the victim's head and then fled on foot after taking some of the victim's possessions," said Christopher Stotz, Assistant Director of Media Relations, in an email statement.
Cars were allowed to exit campus through the 10th and 13th Street exits.
"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," the school's website had said.
Boca Raton Police had shut down all main entrances to the university and assisted campus police in the search for the alleged gunman.
The Palm Beach Post had reported that Palm Beach State College's Boca Raton campus was placed on lockdown after the suspect fled to that campus. The two schools border each other.
A student praised the school's alert system.
"I guess it worked really well.in a few minutes, everybody was inside building, inside libraries and people were leaving campus," said student Alessia Pizzoccheri.