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Cops say man had gun on campus

July 31, 2007|By DON AINES

SHIPPENSBURG, PA. - A Harrisburg, Pa., man was charged by Shippensburg University Police with having a loaded handgun on campus Friday afternoon.

Darnell Marqu Henderson, 19, of 644 Kelker St., was charged with one count of carrying a firearm without a license, according to the criminal complaint filed with Magisterial District Judge Harold Bender's Office.

Henderson was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jessica Brubaker in Carlisle, Pa., shortly after 8 a.m. and was released on $2,500 bail, according to court records. A condition of his bail was that he not return to the campus.

Henderson's preliminary hearing before Bender is scheduled for Aug. 6.

"We had no indication there was any direct or immediate threat to anyone on campus," Peter M. Gigliotti, the university's executive director of communications and marketing, said of the incident. "I'm not aware of him having any connection with the university" as a student or employee, he said of Henderson.

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At 2:10 p.m. Friday, campus police received a call that a man was scene removing a handgun from his pocket, loading the weapon and putting it back in his pocket. The affidavit of probable cause stated that there were several witnesses to the incident at a room in Naugle Hall, a residence hall on campus.

Henderson, who was with another unknown male, was at his girlfriend's room and said he was "going to talk" with a man named Marcel. Henderson and the other man then left Naugle Hall, the affidavit stated.

Henderson was gone by the time police arrived, but he and the girlfriend were later seen at Wright Hall, police said. He left the campus in a tan sport utility vehicle, police said.

Gigliotti said two university police officers went to Harrisburg to take Henderson into custody with the assistance of city police.

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