In San Marcos, California, where students and staff members are always looking out for potential domestic terrorists, a call to 9-1-1 prompted a full university lock-down and brought elite members of the police department out in force.
The incident began when someone called police to report a gunman on campus carrying an assault rifle.
It turns out, it was only an umbrella. Late Wednesday, 10News spoke with Bill Craig, who has been a staff member at the university for 17 years. He was walking with his umbrella on campus that morning because of the rain.
Little did he know that by the time he got back to his office, his umbrella would have been mistaken for a rifle and lead to a campus-wide lockdown. Craig was held at gunpoint by sheriff's deputies during the lockdown.
"I guess you always think that when someone's pointing a gun at you, you're really going to freak out but I think I was just more focused on doing exactly what the officer said," he told 10News.
Craig was the person ? reported as being suspicious ? they had been looking for. The person was described as a white male, wearing a black shirt and jeans and walking across campus carrying a rifle.