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MSUM all clear after brief lockdown; police say report of gun false

MSUM campus. Forum file photo

The university sent out two tweets: The first, posted at 2:30 p.m., said Moorhead police were investigating a “man with a handgun couple blocks south.”

Two minutes later, an “ALL CLEAR” tweet was posted, saying that the person had been located.

Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said it turned out there was no gun.

Police received a call Tuesday afternoon that a male had left a house on the 1100 block of 12th Street with a handgun, Jacobson said.

Police notified MSUM and Concordia College, both of which are within a couple of blocks of the house, but “very quickly confirmed that no gun had been displayed,” Jacobson said.

When police arrived at the home, the caller was no longer there and they found a small gathering of intoxicated people, Jacobson said.

One person was brought to detox, he said.

Officers learned that the caller had had a dispute with the individuals at the house over property, but the conflict did not involve gun activity, he said.

Concordia College heard about the threat removal before issuing a lockdown, Jacobson said.

Grace Lyden

Grace Lyden is the higher education reporter for The Forum. Previously, she interned at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, after graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2014. She welcomes story ideas via email or phone. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to

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