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Update: Reports of an armed man inside a downtown Corpus Christi building were false, the man had a tripod

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Posted at 11:04 AM, May 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-26 15:31:03-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas  — UPDATE (11:18 A.M.):

Lt. Mike Pena with the Corpus Christi Police Department's Public Information Office said Thursday morning's call that an armed man inside a downtown Corpus Christi building, turned out to be a man carrying a tripod.

Lt. Pena said this all took place in the 400 block of Mann Street at 10:12 a.m. Thursday.

He said someone reported seeing an armed man with what appeared to be an AK-47 walk into the downtown building.

"Obviously in light of the shooting that occurred in Uvalde and out of an abundance of caution we responded to the scene", said Lt. Pena.

Lt. Pena said while Officers were searching for the man another officer tried to find any footage of the person who walked into the building.

Police were able to find footage and that's when they discovered the man did not have a weapon, he had a tripod.

"With the incident that happened in Uvalde, everybody's on heightened awareness right now. We would much rather find that it's a tripod and that nobody was hurt versus somebody that's gone into a building to become an active shooter", said Lt. Pena.

ORIGINAL (11:04 A.M.):

The Corpus Christi Police Department is currently investigating reports of an armed man inside a building located on the 400 block of Mann Street.

Investigators say they received a call just after 10 a.m. regarding a man armed with a gun inside the building.

CCPD says they are currently on the scene but have not located anyone with a firearm.

Police are taking all the precautions necessary, and are currently searching the building. After the horrific shooting at an Uvalde Elementary school, law enforcement is taking all reports of individuals armed with weapons seriously.