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 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."AlertMe