Update: The terrorizing charge against Richard Aaron Bee was dismissed by the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's office, according to court records. The case was expunged in October 2016.
An LSU student standing on top of the student union parking garage talking on a citizens band radio about guns, ammunition and shootings led to the lockdown Tuesday night of the garage, campus bookstore and an ammonium nitrate storage facility at the Port of Baton Rouge, according to university police.
LSU police found 21-year-old Richard Aaron Bee wearing camouflage and operating his radio on top of the garage after listeners on CB radio heard the student’s ramblings and called Baton Rouge police and the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Bee, of Mandeville, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of terrorizing.
Callers to 911 in East and West Baton Rouge parishes reported that they heard a man “rambling about ammunition” and that he was going to “do some things” on a CB radio channel, according to an LSU Police report. According to the callers, Bee told listeners that he was on top of an on-campus parking garage.
Listeners reported to 911 that Bee said he had two high-powered rifles with special ammunition and added that, while he usually carried binoculars, he didn’t have them that night but could still see trucks crossing over the Mississippi River bridge, according to the report.
The report does not mention Bee having a gun when taken into police custody.
A 911 caller told dispatchers that, “The way he was talking, he is going to set off ammonium nitrate at the Louis Dreyfus,” referring to a grain and oilseed export elevator at the Port of Baton Rouge, leading to a several-hour lockdown at the facility, according to the report.
Meanwhile, LSU police rushed to the only parking garage on campus, at the Student Union, and evacuated both the garage and the nearby Barnes & Noble bookstore about 8:20 p.m.
LSU police officers searched the garage floor by floor and found Bee on the top of the parking garage “with long wires around him” and actively operating a citizens band radio, the report said.
After Bee was arrested, the student told officers that he’d been talking with truck drivers and said he’d discussed owning guns, the recent deadly shootings at an Oregon community college, what he would do if there were a shooter on LSU’s campus and how he would shoot the attacker, according to the report.
Bee had been interviewed by LSU police on Sept. 24 after printing targets for firearm practice in the university’s Student Union, the report noted.
LSU police blocked off the area around the bookstore and Student Union parking garage for about 40 minutes before clearing the area about 9 p.m.
An emergency text message to students said campus police had secured the area and urged LSU students to “stay clear of” the bookstore and parking garage. A follow-up email erroneously included a subject line referring to an armed robbery. Ernie Ballard, an LSU spokesman, said a glitch in the university’s emergency alert system led to the inaccurate report.
“In this instance, the system failed to update the subject line of the email and wrongly included information stating ‘armed robbery,’ ” Ballard said in a written statement.
Bee remained in Parish Prison in lieu of $30,000 bail as of early Wednesday evening.
Editor’s Note: This story was changed Oct. 22, 2015, to correctly say that the Louis Dreyfus elevator contains grain and oilseed, not ammonium nitrate, an explosive chemical compound, as reported by a 911 operator.