Lehigh University police responded to a potential threat on Sept. 24. A man discharged a firearm close to campus and is now in custody.

BREAKING: Firearm discharged off campus, suspect in custody

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A 30-year-old male discharged a firearm at 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 24 on the 100 Block of W. 4th Street, the Lehigh University Police Department reported. 

Court documents report Khayri Williams was charged with multiple offenses after being taken into custody by Bethlehem Police. Williams was taken into custody with the firearm secured when LUPD arrived. 

A group of students witnessed the incident.

Two students present during the incident, who wish to remain anonymous to protect their safety, spoke with The Brown and White. 

The students said a group of about six students were leaving Pantry One to return to their residences when Williams started lingering near them. 

He started talking to the group and he said, “Where are you guys going and can I come?” 

The students said nobody responded and they kept walking.

After they kept walking they heard two gunshots but were not sure if they were close or far away. 

They were walking across the street from Broughal Middle School when Williams appeared alongside them, when he pulled out a gun and shot at the sky twice.

One student said this was the first time the group actually saw the gun.

The students sprinted away and called 911. The man started approaching the group again, so they continued to run until they saw a police car, which they flagged down.

The officer was responding to the 911 call. The cops ran to Williams, yelling at him to put down his gun and get on the ground. Ultimately, the cops tackled Williams and arrested him. 

The students said they stayed with the cops for about an hour after the incident to record their statements. 

The students said the police provided them with information about the counseling center and a number they could call for 24 hour help. 

District Judge Nancy Matos Gonzales arraigned Williams at 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 24. 

Williams is awaiting his preliminary hearing on Oct. 7. He is being held under a $250,000 bail. 

Lehigh Valley Live reported Williams was sentenced to 18 months to four years in prison after pleading guilty to firearm charges in Sept. 2014. 

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