Code Maroon issued at Texas A&M University

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - A Code Maroon was issued Thursday after an armed gunman was spotted at Texas A&M University.

University officials said the gunman was seen near the University Center garage around 4:40 p.m. and he was headed toward the Sanders Corps Center.

Freshman Kaley Thompson told Local 2 about the moment she found out about the Code Maroon.

"I was studying in the residence hall and they came over the loudspeakers and said to check your phone because there's a code maroon. So, it was kinda scary," said Thompson.

About 5:30 p.m., the university said they did not find the gunman. They told students and staff to resume normal activities but remain cautious.

"Our teacher freaked out a lot," said Jessica Cronin, an A&M freshman from Tomball. "He was kinda like making it a big deal so we were a lot more serious about it and we just had to wait it out in the classroom."

The gunman was described as white in his late 40s, about five feet and five inches tall with a skinny build and light-colored hair. He was last seen wearing a lime green, short-sleeved, button-up shirt and jeans, authorities said. The man was reportedly carrying a wood-handled handgun.

There have not been any reports of shots being fired.

The Code Maroon was still in effect Friday morning.

Anyone who sees the man should call university police at (979) 845-2345.

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