UVa-Wise Student Now Facing Federal Charges for False Gunman Report

Abingdon, VA - A University of Virginia at Wise student accused of falsely reporting a gunman on campus is facing federal charges.

Bryant Alexander, 20, of Martinsville is charged in a criminal complaint with knowingly making false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations.

Federal authorities filed the complaint Monday.

The university's police department charged Alexander last week.

He is accused of calling 9-1-1 last week and reporting he had seen a gunman on campus.

The university immediately went on lockdown.