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Arkansas State students react to gunman on campus

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

An armed suspect situation on the campus of Arkansas State University on Thursday afternoon sent students scrambling.

"We were just sitting in the caf studying, eating lunch and out of the corner of our eyes, we just saw a bunch of people running," Andrew Stuff told Region 8 News.

Video shot by Hannah Shell, a student at A-State, show moments of panic unfolding as students run into University Hall.

"Get in! Everybody in, everybody in," you can hear in the video. "In. In, let's go!"

Alerts sounded Thursday afternoon of a man with a gun on the front lawn of the Student Union. It happened as many students were finishing up with finals.

"We were leaving to go grab something to eat and as we walked out the building, there was a guy who just told us, campus was on lock down don't go out this way," Jonathan Bunch told Region 8 News.

For some, the situation took a minute to process.

"I automatically assume a hoax. Someone's acting a fool for no reason," Devin Taylor said. "Once I started seeing instructors running and workers at the school, I knew something had to be serious."

When Brad Bartelt was taken into custody, students reflected on the seriousness of the situation.

"It's not really real until you're in that situation," Bunch said. "I never figured anything like that would just occur here. It's really terrifying."

"It's always something I wonder...what would we do if that happened here...and I never thought it would," Jocelyne Hernandez said.

Though there were still a few finals left to take Thursday afternoon, those have now been postponed to Wednesday, December 16.

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