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Update: Student with BB gun prompts TSJC lockdown

TRINIDAD, Colo. - The main campus of Trinidad State Junior College was locked down Monday (4/28/14) when a student reported seeing a person with a gun.

Everyone who was on campus was asked to stay indoors with the doors locked.

Nearby Trinidad High School and Trinidad Middle School were also locked down as a precaution.

Trinidad police have identified the person who prompted the lock downs as a student named Rashawn Avery, 19.

During the search for Avery, police were told that he had an issue with a baseball player.

The Central Park baseball field, which was hosting a game between Trinidad High School and Raton, was evacuated and locked down as a precaution.

A witness told police that they saw Avery with a gun tucked into the waistband of his pants. The witness said Avery had his finger on the hammer and was overheard saying "How many people do you have to kill before you're a serial killer?"

Avery was eventually detained at Johnson Hall. Police say he had an all-black air soft BB gun which looked like a real gun.

Avery was arrested and is facing charges of Interference with Staff, Faculty or Students of an Educational Institution and Disorderly Conduct.

During an interview with investigators, Avery told police that his comments that were overheard were taken out of context. Avery says he actually said "I'm playing in the movie; I'm gonna die, we're gonna die in a movie." Avery said that he participated in a movie rehearsal earlier in the day and that he was asked if he could be an extra.

Avery is being held on $1,500 bond.

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