A student in a Saint Mary’s University dormitory caused his floor to be evacuated Friday night after police said he posted a photo of himself on a social media website holding what they thought could be an assault rifle.
It was later determined to be a paintball gun.
The photo was described by police as appearing “very recent” with a dorm room setting.
University security alerted police to the photo at 10:45 p.m. AT, according to a press release by the Halifax Regional Police.
The student lived in the Loyola Residence but wasn’t there when police arrived; he was later found at a different location and then taken into custody.