Snapchat video showing gun on CSUN campus deemed a 'hoax'

A social media post that appeared to show a handgun on the dashboard of a vehicle at Cal State Northridge prompted a police investigation Friday, but authorities later determined the video was a hoax.

Officers went to the school about 12:25 p.m., said Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im, but found no sign of a person with a weapon.

CSUN officials said the campus was open and operating normally in spite of the investigation. By early afternoon, campus police had determined the video was a hoax and there was no threat to the campus.

The Daily Sundial, the CSUN campus newspaper, reported that the short video showing the weapon had been posted on Snapchat. The video showed what appeared to be a handgun on a vehicle dashboard. The camera then pans around to show part of the CSUN campus.

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