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This story was updated at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.

A 19-year-old Montgomery College student was taken into police custody Monday afternoon after he threatened to shoot people at the college’s campus in Rockville, according to Rockville police.

Rockville City Police Lt. Eric Over said officers received a call about the incident at about 2:15 p.m. Monday.

“It looks like there was a comment made; the comment was, ‘I’m going to shoot everyone at this college and enjoy doing it,’” Over said. “... That was actually made in the presence of several witnesses.”

The student was still in custody as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, but has not been charged, said Maj. Bob Rappoport of Rockville Police.

He was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation, Rappoport said.

“We looked at it very seriously to intervene,” he said.

Three students reported the man’s comments to the campus’ security office, and after interviewing the witnesses, security staff called police, searched the campus for the student, and found him eating lunch at a bench near the student center, said College Spokeswoman Elizabeth Homan.

Rockville police took the student into custody Monday afternoon and gave him a letter of trespass that bans him from the college campus for three years unless he receives permission from the college, Homan said.

There was no lockdown on the campus, as lockdowns only occur if there is an active security risk that presents an imminent threat to lives, such as an active shooting or hostage situation, Homan said.

The witnesses did the right thing by going to security after talking to the student, Homan said.

“In today’s age you need to take comments seriously and you always should be careful,” Homan said. “Credit should be given to them for taking the steps and being concerned enought to go to the security office.”

Students can also report threats to a trusted faculty member. If it is an active threat, they should call 911 first, Homan said.

Over said it is too early in the investigation to say how serious the man was about carrying out his threat. Police have not determined whether they will charge him and are not releasing his name at this time.

Anyone with information should call Rockville police at 240-314-8900 or Montgomery College Safety and Security at 240-567-5111.

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