A possible Virginia Tech or more likely a possible University of Texas was averted today at St. John’s University in New York.
22-year-old Omesh Hiraman was apprehended by a public safety officer and a police cadet. Hiraman was in possession of a 50-caliber Wolf rifle and allegedly had a mask in possession as well.
Local news sources are reporting that Hiraman is of Guyanese descent and has a history of mental health problems.
There’s a shock. Another crazy person with a gun. Thank God for the police cadet…
The cadet, Christopher Benson, 21, says he followed Hiraman to a nearby building, where he later helped police restrain him. Benson says Hiraman looked suspicious from the start.
“I always think about what they tell always me, stay back observe, make as many observations as you can,” said Benson. “But by then he turned the corner, action needed to be taken, and I took it.”
“We are all indebted to one very observant and very brave police cadet,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
No shots were fired and no one was injured.
More on this as details are released.