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28-year-old arrested this morning after bringing gun into NDSU Downtown campus in Fargo

UPDATED 11:10 a.m.

Downtown campus

UPDATED 11:10 a.m.

Fargo - Police arrested a man recently released from a Minnesota prison who was suspected of bringing a gun into NDSU's downtown Northern School Supply Building on Tuesday morning.

Fargo police received a call about 7:43 a.m. with a report that "a person walking in the bathroom saw a man with a gun," Sgt. Jeff Skuza said. The weapon was later determined to be a pellet gun, "but it looks real," Skuza said.

Fargo police arrested 28-year-old Vincent Degidio Jr. near Main Avenue and Broadway, which is a few blocks away from the campus, around 8:45 a.m., Skuza said.

NDSU's downtown campus was in a lockdown for a period of time after the sighting.


NDSU sent the following e-mail message to students at 8:43 a.m.:

"Fargo Police are investigating an incident at the NDSU downtown building.

The building is in lock down until further notice. Please do not attempt to go to the area until further notice."

A second e-mail message sent at 9:31 a.m. stated:

"NDSU University Police and Fargo Police responded to a call at the Downtown Building this morning involving a male individual with a weapon.

The facility was secured by the police and no suspect was found inside the building. The male suspect was apprehended away from the scene and arrested by police with a concealed weapon, which was identified as a toy.

University Police is issuing an all clear for this event. However the university is cancelling classes at the Downtown Building for the day. The building is closed for the day; at noon authorized card access users may enter."

Degidio was arrested on "suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon" and has been booked into the Cass County Jail.


NDSU officials held a 10:30 a.m. news conference on campus to release more details. NDSU officials also said Degidio has never been a student at the university.

NDSU students said they were calm but a little shaken as they were told to leave the Northern School Supply Building, which houses art and architecture students, Tuesday morning.

"It's really strange and surreal," said Cole LaRocque, a junior art major from Grand Forks. "It's taken away my sense of security."

Students seen leaving the facility around 9:30 a.m. said they were told to leave for security reasons.

Degidio was released from a Minnesota prison on Jan. 13 after serving almost nine years for first-degree agravated robbery and first-degree burglary. Degidio entered the faciity on March 17, 1999, and was released at the expiration of his sentence, "which means he's not on parole," according to Kathy Stadther, records supervisor at the prison.

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