N.C. State police charge Vet School worker had guns on campus

From staff reportsJanuary 8, 2013 

Steven O'Connell


— A North Carolina State University employee was arrested Monday for bringing weapons onto school property at the College of Veterinary Medicine at 1060 William Moore Drive.

N.C. State police charged Steven Patrick O’Connell, 52, of 6909 River Run, with three counts of having a gun on educational property and with having weapons in his vehicle.

A Colt AR-15 rifle, a Gerber Mark II dagger and two axes were found in O’Connell’s 1997 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.

Two handguns – an unloaded Colt “Delta Elite” 10mm pistol and a loaded Taurus .357 magnum revolver – also were found locked in O’Connell’s employee locker, according to Frederick Hartman, director of public relations at N.C. State.

University police had received a tip that led them to ask to see O’Connell’s locker, Hartman said.

They asked for his permission to open it, and he was with them when they did, Hartman added.

“He apparently expressed surprise that the guns were in the locker,” Hartman said, then told police he did not feel well and was taken to Rex Hospital.

While he was there, police obtained a search warrant for the truck, which was in the employee parking lot, Hartman explained.

Rex kept O’Connell over the weekend, and police waited until he was discharged Monday to arrest there.

O’Connell was freed on a $12,500 bond

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