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Video shows white man pulling gun on black college students. Now cops are on the hunt

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He got called out on the world’s stage, aka the internet.

He got fired.

Now Donald Crandall Jr. could be behind bars soon.

His recent bad run started last weekend.

In a video first posted on Twitter by a witness, Florida A&M student Isaiah Butterfield, a man later identified as Crandall by social media users entered Stadium Centre, an apartment complex for Florida A&M University students in Tallahassee.

After the video made the internet rounds, the hotel at which he worked fired him.

At the housing complex’s entrance, Crandall is seen having a confrontation with four men, three black and one white, telling them they don’t belong there. They were reportedly waiting for a friend who did live there. He attempts to block their entry and insults them, but the men follow the visitor in through the open door and walk toward the elevator where he stands blocking their entry again.

Along with showing his key, the man then takes out a gun and puts it behind his back. How he got the key is anyone’s guess as the complex said in a statement that he doesn’t live there. He keeps the gun in his hand, by his side.

“We are aware of the video posted on social media over the weekend and reported this incident immediately to the police,” the apartment complex said in a statement. “Firearms are strictly prohibited on our property and we take this matter very seriously. We are cooperating with the police during their investigation and it has been determined that the person in the elevator is not a resident. Moreover, we are firmly committed to fostering a diverse residential community that is inclusive and welcoming to all.”

Tallahassee cops did indeed step in, issuing an arrest warrant for the former hotel manager, confirmed Tallahassee Police Department spokesman Damon Miller to the Miami Herald. If tracked down, he will be charged with improper exhibition of a firearm.

“He came at us for no reason,” Washington told Buzzfeed News.

As of Monday afternoon, the 49-year-old had not turned himself in, Miller told the Miami Herald.

The school issued a statement to ABC News.

“Florida A&M University (FAMU) learned that on Saturday, Sept. 8, at least one FAMU student was the alleged victim of an off-campus incident, which was captured on camera. Our students’ safety is our first priority. The Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) is investigating the matter; therefore, FAMU cannot disclose additional details. The University will provide assistance as it is requested by TPD. For more information, please contact TPD’s Public Information Office at (850) 891-4255.”

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