Students Held in PSU Abington Gun Incident

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    Three students are in custody after a gun scare at the Penn State Abington campus on Thursday. As NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez reports, it turns out the gun was a mail order BB gun. (Published Thursday, Jun 5, 2014)

    A BB gun caused quite a scare for Penn State Abington employees and students Thursday afternoon.

    Around 4 p.m.. this text message was sent by the school warning of a reported gunman on campus:

    "Person spotted with shotgun. Police on campus searching. Shelter in place. Watch for updates."

    The campus was placed on lockdown as Abington and Penn State Police combed the area for the reported gunman.

    Shortly after the search began, 20-year-old Hyoun Sik Noh, a student at the school, reached out to police, claiming that he was the gun's owner and that the gun was "not real.," officials told NBC10.

    According to police, Sik Noh recently purchased the BB gun and had just received it in the mail. He pulled it out of the box to show fellow student, Jin Eui Kim, 20, and Sijia Liu, 21, while inside PSU's Woodlands building. A staffer saw the gun being pulled out of the box and called police.

    All three students are being questioned by Philadelphia Police, according to Chief Bill Kelly.

    THe men, all in the country on student visas are being held overnight until the District Attorney decides on whether or not they will press charges.

    "I would venture to say they probably will be charged for the tremendous outpouring of resources that were involved with it, the commotion it caused and teh anxiety it caused many people," said Chief Kelly.

    Penn State's Abington campus is in Abington, Montgomery County, Pa., roughly 15 miles from Center City Philadelphia.