A 27-year-old Nevada college student, Shayn Striegel has been arrested on campus after police found a rifle and 2,000 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle.
A statement issued by the College of Southern Nevada said Striegel was arrested and charged on Wednesday evening after officers discovered the weapon while acting on a tip, the school said in a statement.
In defence, Striegel who had parked his vehicle on the college’s Henderson Campus told officers that he had forgotten the weapons.
“Officers arrived and tracked down the student who had driven the car to campus. It was then determined that the student had a rifle and approximately 2,000 rounds of ammunition inside the vehicle.
“Firearms are prohibited on Nevada System of Higher Education campuses, including those kept in parked vehicles,” the statement said.
It added: “Although police do not believe that an ongoing threat exists to Henderson or any of our other campuses as a result of this incident, it is an important reminder of the effectiveness of the ‘see something, say something’ public safety campaign.”
Striegel was arrested at around 6 pm and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas. He is being held on a $2,000 bond on charges of possession of a dangerous weapon on school property.
Although no one was hurt and there was no immediate threat to others on campus, the college said Striegel is scheduled to appear in court today, Friday.
The discovery is coming just days after a North Carolina college student, Paul Steber was arrested with ammunition and two firearms in his dormitory room.
Steber, identified as High Point University freshman reportedly told authorities that he was plotting to commit a mass shooting at his school, with plans of killing himself and his roommate.
Police did not offer specific details about Steber’s plans but prosecutors said he desperately wanted to pledge allegiance to a fraternity and that the plot hinged on whether or not he got into one.