A UC Irvine student was charged Wednesday with carrying a loaded firearm on campus, according to the district attorney's office.
Manas Moole Reddy, 28, of Irvine, faces felony counts each of possessing a loaded firearm on a college campus, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person—as well as the possibility of four years in prison.
Around 3 p.m. Monday, a passerby saw Reddy standing near a tree just north of Steinhaus Hall Service Road on the campus and clutching a firearm with his left hand inside an open shoulder bag across the front of his chest, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.
The UCI Police Department was contacted, and Reddy was later arrested for having the revolver on campus loaded with six bullets, the OCDA reports.
He was held on $100,000 bail and has a pre-trial hearing scheduled Dec. 2 in Newport Beach.
Paul Henisey, the UCI police chief, posted a message on Facebook last night praising the female student's quick action in alerting authorities to the threat, while also indicating Reddy (who he did not identify by name) does not reside on campus: