UPDATE: Scenes cleared after University of Florida Alert warns of armed men near student housing

Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 9:52 PM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - UF Alerts were issued for the area around Boardwalk Apartments on Southwest 13th Street and Campus Walk on Southwest 8th Avenue Monday night.

On Tuesday, GPD said during further investigation, guns were not located or used in either of these cases.

GPD said there were heated arguments that happened in the areas.

“We’re happy that UF continues to send out their alerts to notify the student body when potential dangerous situations occur,” said GPD Public Information Officer Graham Glover. “GPD and UPD responded quickly and accordingly and were able to diffuse the situation.”

Graham said even though nothing tragic came out of the situation, it is important for the community to be aware of what is going on.

“They’re both examples of the university doing it’s job to take care of its students, the wonderful cooperation that UPD and GPD have to take care of these things, and the continued need for community members both on and off campus to be concerned about violence and the potential use of guns,” Graham said.

The first alert was sent at 9:22 and asked people to avoid the area. The area has since been cleared, but the suspect was not located.

The suspect is described as a black male orange hoodie and black pants who was last seen in the area of the ball court with a gun.

A second alert was issued at 9:50 for an armed person at 914 SW 8th Avenue Campus Walk. Officials say the scene is clear but the suspect was not located.

The suspect is described as a black man of heavy build waving a gun wearing a white shirt and gray sweat pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call 352-392-1111 or 911.

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