Arkansas State University tweeted that there is an active shooter on campus near the school’s student union. The school is on lockdown and Jonesboro Police are on the scene. The incident reportedly began after a car crashed into a barrier and into the middle of campus. That’s when Arkansas State tweeted the following:
Update 3:51 PM EST: Suspect is reportedly now in custody. He has been identified as Brad Bartlet.
Update 3:01 PM EST: The school just tweeted that there have been no injuries and that the student has been surrounded by police. No shots have been fired. Let’s pray that it stays that way.
The Jonesboro Sun tweeted that the police chief said that the armed man was “armed with shotgun” and had “two propane tanks ready to blow.”
Update 3:30 PM EST: Here is a closeup of the gunman. He has an American flag in the back of his pickup and that towel may be to provide him with some protection from the view of snipers. Apparently he is pointing his gun at a 100-lb propane tank.
Update 3:37 PM EST: A negotiator is on his way to talk to the gunman. FBI is reportedly on the scene. The police are treating this as an active shooter situation.