FIT student in custody after causing gun scare with Instagram video: police

CHELSEA — A man was apprehended Friday evening after his posting a video with a weapon to social media, causing a gun scare at the Fashion Institute of Technology, police said Friday.

The man, who is a student at FIT, had a pellet gun on him when taken into custody by police at a Barnes & Noble book store near Union Square, according to authorities.

Police said the student posted a video to Instagram with a weapon, which prompted the initial scare in the area.

No injuries were reported.

Police have not released the name of the student in custody and there are no charges currently.

Police said they will remain on the scene and doing a "walkthrough" to make sure the school is secure.

Meanwhile, FIT has given PIX11 the following statement in regards to tonight's incident:

"Early this evening FIT students notified FIT Public Safety of a video posted on social media depicting a fellow student in a stairwell with what appeared to be a gun. FIT Public Safety notified the New York City Police Department who issued a shelter in place."

"Since that time, officers have been on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood looking for this individual. He has been identified and was apprehended at a Barnes and Noble location at 14th Street on Union Square."

"When police were assured that the campus and surrounding area were safe, the shelter in place was ended shortly after 7:00 p.m. All FIT community members on campus are safe. Thank you."

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