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Suspect arrested on suspicion of brandishing gun on campus; timely warning notification delay

Carrington Power
Long distance shot of Kendall Hall and flagpole at Chico State University on Feb. 14, 2022.

A suspect has been arrested after an employee was approached by a man outside Kendall Hall who appeared to be carrying a gun at around 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday.

The suspect, Khalid Warithlu Assamad, 38, is not a part of the campus community and was seen leaving the area after the incident, according to Chico State president, Steve Perez

Assamad was arrested off-campus on suspicion of brandishing a weapon and campus disruption after officers interviewed the witness and accessed security footage.

The University Police Department issued a timely warning notification Wednesday morning, but some campus community members did not receive it right away.

Due to the software the university uses, Salesforce, the campus community may receive notifications at different times, according to Andrew Staples, Chico State’s public relations manager. 

Third-year student, Brodie Schreder, said students should’ve been notified earlier, especially those living in the dorms.

“There’s way more of us than staff, we should know just as soon,” Schreder said.

Weapons are prohibited on campus, and violates California Penal Code 626.9, among others.

Another suspicious activity incident occurred at Kendall Hall on Tuesday, but they are not connected. To keep track of campus crime activity, go to the CSU Chico Police Department crime map

If anyone sees something suspicious or threatening on campus, call UPD at 530-898-5555 to make a report.

The Orion will release more information as updates occur.

Ariana Powell can be reached at [email protected].

Correction: original article stated the employee was approached inside Kendall Hall

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Ariana Powell, Editor-in-Chief
Ariana Powell is in her fourth year at Chico State as a media arts (criticism) and journalism (news) double-major. Now in her fourth semester on The Orion and having assumed the editor-in-chief position, she is prepared to continue helping upcoming journalists and endeavors to continue building her repertoire of multimedia and writing skills. In her free time, she enjoys writing, watching and analyzing films, reading and spending time with her loved ones.
Carrington Power, Former Copy Editor
Carrington Power is going into her senior year at Chico State, fulfilling the news and public relations concentration of her Journalism major with a minor in psychology. This is her third semester at The Orion, and she will serve as the copy editor. During previous semesters she reported for the Arts and Entertainment and Opinion sections. Carrington enjoys photography, hiking and anything that has to do with the outdoors. She is looking forward to learning as much as possible through The Orion.

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