Carroll University students raise money to help man who caused lockdown

CREATED Apr. 18, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr. 18, 2013

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  • Police respond to a suspected gunman at Carroll University in Waukesha on Tuesday. After locating the man at his nearby apartment, the gun was discovered to be a nonlethal airsoft gun. Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

  • Police respond at Carroll University on Tuesday after a man was seen carrying what appeared to be a rifle on the campus in Waukesha. Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

  • Police respond to a suspected gunman at Carroll University in Waukesha on Tuesday. After locating the man at his nearby apartment, the gun was discovered to be a nonlethal airsoft gun. Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

  • Heavily armed Waukesha police officers patrol near Carroll University after a gunman was spotted near campus. Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

  • Police and sheriff's deputies stand ready at the corner of W. College and Maple avenues as Carroll University was put on lockdown after a gunman was spotted near campus. Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

  • Waukesha Police Department Captain Ron Oremus answers questions during a press conference at Carroll University in Waukesha following reports that a man with a gun spurred a lockdown of the campus. Carroll University's director of the Department of Public Safety Michael J. Zens (center) was also present to answer questions during the press conference. A male was taken into custody who had been walking around the area with an airsoft gun. Students reported seeing a man with a gun near the campus around 10:20 a.m. and the campus was put into lockdown. Police, SWAT and K-9 units were deployed to the area. The man was taken into custody without incident. Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

  • Officers leave the area after a man was taken into custody on Maple Ave. near W. College in Waukesha following reports of a man with a gun near Carroll University. A male was taken into custody who had been walking around the area with an airsoft gun. Students reported seeing a man with a gun near the campus around 10:20 a.m. and the campus was put into lockdown. Police, SWAT and K-9 units were deployed to the area. The man was taken into custody without incident. Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

  • An officer takes cover at a house on Maple Ave. near W. College in Waukesha with his gun drawn, as Carroll University in Waukesha is on lockdown following reports of a man with a gun. A male was taken into custody who had been walking around the area with an airsoft gun. Students reported seeing a man with a gun near the campus around 10:20 a.m. and the campus was put into lockdown. Police, SWAT and K-9 units were deployed to the area. The man was taken into custody without incident. Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

  • An officer stands at the corner of W. College and Maple avenues in Waukesha with his gun drawn, as Carroll University in Waukesha is on lockdown following reports of a man with a gun. A male was taken into custody who had been walking around the area with an airsoft gun. Students reported seeing a man with a gun near the campus around 10:20 a.m. and the campus was put into lockdown. Police, SWAT and K-9 units were deployed to the area. The man was taken into custody without incident. Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

  • A man was taken into custody by authorities after reports that a man with a gun was seen on the Carroll University campus in Waukesha. Police said the man was carrying an airsoft gun and are determining if an actual crime has even been committed. Students reported seeing a man with a gun near the campus around 10:20 a.m. and the campus was put into lockdown. Police, SWAT and K-9 units were deployed to the area. The man was taken into custody without incident. Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

  • A group of responders move with their guns drawn behind a Waukesha Sheriff's unit on Maple Ave. near W. College in Waukesha. Nearby Carroll University was on lockdown following reports of a man with a gun. A male was taken into custody who had been walking around the area with an airsoft gun. Students reported seeing a man with a gun near the campus around 10:20 a.m. and the campus was put into lockdown. Police, SWAT and K-9 units were deployed to the area. The man was taken into custody without incident. Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

  • A group of responders move with their guns drawn on Maple Ave. near W. College in Waukesha. Nearby Carroll University was on lockdown following reports of a man with a gun. A male was taken into custody who had been walking around the area with an airsoft gun. Students reported seeing a man with a gun near the campus around 10:20 a.m. and the campus was put into lockdown. Police, SWAT and K-9 units were deployed to the area. The man was taken into custody without incident. Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

WAUKESHA - Michael Weidemann caused a commotion at Carroll University on Tuesday when be brought a gun onto campus. But now that man who said he meant no harm is getting some support from an unlikely source.

"It's a really unfortunate tale," said John Heavey.

Heavey was on the Carroll campus Tuesday when someone saw a man, later found to be Weidemann, with a gun. But the gun was a pellet gun he found in the garbage, and wanted to sell to a friend.

"It looked like a real firearm, and I walked past some college girls and I must have scared them half to death," he said.

But Weidemann scared enough people that the school went on lock down. The police caught up with Weidemann at his home near campus and took him into custody. When they determined it was a misunderstanding, they gave him a ticket for disorderly conduct.

But there was something about seeing the former Marine's story on TMJ4 hit a soft spot for Heavey.

"Despite mixed emotions people may have, I think it's important to recognize this is really a tale of understanding and sympathy," the Carroll student said.

So Heavey and a friend started a fund on Causes.com to pay Weidemann's fine.

"Within 10 hours we hit half of our goal, which shows you what social media can do," he said.

After a little more time, they reached their goal: $315, which should cover Weidemann's costs. He has said all along he never meant to hurt anybody.

"It was a dumb mistake on my dumb part and I'll never do it again," Weidemann added.

The apology is one Heavey accepts, and hopes others will too.

"It's really nice to know that people care," Heavey explained.

Heavey said they're talking to university officials and working with the police to get the money to Weidemann Friday.

Scroll through the slideshow to see photos of the lockdown