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Mar 23, 2013 1:43 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Students and staff react to reported UA gunman

TUCSON - University of Arizona students and staff reacted calmly to a reported gunman on campus.

Michael Dyckman is a grad student who was in the Administration Building during the scare.

"There were about a million cops around the area," he said. "If I'm walking away from the Admin Building and there's about a million cops protecting me, hopefully, I should make it out in one piece."

Dave Soroka works in the IT Department. He stayed in his office while police swept the building.

"I'm giving the tax payers their money," he said. "Just keep working. It's no big deal, you know. We were behind doors that were locked."

State Representative Ethan Orr was visiting campus on business. He spent about an hour locked in an office.

"It's amazing the society we live in, that this didn't strike me as that random of an event," he said, "and I think that's very sad, and I'm just thankful to be out here."

Harry Zimmerman saw the commotion from the UA Mall.

"I think it's pretty mellow," he said. "It's like any day at Arizona. I hope nobody got hurt today, but I think it's a pretty ordinary day today."

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