Earlier today, students at California State University, Long Beach, were asked to evacuate and/or take shelter after reports that there was an "armed gunman" on campus. People were told to "lock and blockade doors, close blinds, silence [mobile] phones and remain calm". Scary. Luckily, there wasn't a shooter. It was just a guy carrying his Samsung Galaxy Phone.
Here's the alert that CSULB students got:
With so many campus shootings happening these days, you can never be too safe. An alert like this should always be taken seriously. But it seemed to be a result of a mix up. There was no gun. There was just a Samsung Galaxy phone. LA Times reporter Andrew Blankstein said:
"Armed subject" seen on Cal State Long Beach campus was construction worker with Samsung Galaxy smart phone, police source tells me. — Andrew Blankstein (@anblanx) August 13, 2013
Phew! Danger evaded. Threat cleared. No word if the phone was a giant Galaxy Note, the powerful Galaxy S4 or the tried and true Galaxy S3. But seriously, as folks always say, if you see something, say something. It's better to mistake a phone for a gun than to miss a gun because you thought it was a phone. [@CSULB, @KTLA, @Anblanx]