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Student with ‘timeline to kill people’ found with guns at NC campus, police say

A 19-year-old student found with guns in a North Carolina college dorm had a plot to “kill people,” police say.

Officials on Tuesday night took away two guns that freshman Paul Arnold Steber had on the campus of High Point University, according to a news release.

Police say he had a “plan and timeline to kill people,” WFMY reports.

He was plotting to “shoot up the school” and was considered a “threat to society,” according to WGHP.

Officials found Steber with a 9mm handgun and a shotgun, the station reports. He also had ammunition, High Point police say.

The weapons were found after classmates alerted campus staff, the university said in a statement.

“No one was hurt and no shots were fired,” the High Point Enterprise reports.

The school says the gun owner was taken away from the campus of the private school that served about 5,200 undergraduate students last year.

“The safety and security of the HPU family is our top priority,” the university said in its email.

News reports about the guns came out the same day the university tweeted a quote from writer Chuck Palahniuk that said the following: “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” It has since been deleted.

People aren’t allowed to bring guns to North Carolina educational institutions, according to a state law.

Steber, from Boston, is facing felony charges of having weapons on a campus and “communicating a threat of mass violence,” police say.

He was being held Wednesday in the Guilford County jail.

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