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Charges pending against suspect after major college threat

Southern Adventist University was ordered under campuswide lockdown for the first time ever on Thursday after Collegedale police say the school received a credible threat. Police were searching for former Southern student James Gaines. Gaines was at Chattanooga State Community College when he reportedly made threats to use firearms and explosives on the university’s campus. Authorities say he was upset over a delay in paperwork he wanted from Southern Adventist. The 3,000-student school stayed on lockdown for two hours as officers searched the campus. While searching, police got reports of shots fired inside one of the men’s dormitories. That’s when they stormed into the hall, handcuffed sophomore theology student Rick Griggs, and pointed assault weapons at him. But it turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. Police say suspect James Gaines never set foot on campus, no shots were fired and no one was injured. Gaines was later found off campus.

Source: Chattanooga News

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