A college freshman from Boston allegedly threatened a shooting at his N.C. university

Paul Steber, 19, had two guns and ammunition in his High Point University dorm room, according to authorities.

Paul A. Steber. —High Point Police Department

A Boston teenager is being held in North Carolina after authorities there allegedly found two guns and ammunition in his college dorm room on Tuesday. They’ve also charged him with threatening a shooting at the school.

Paul A. Steber, 19, a freshman at High Point University, is charged with two counts of weapons on campus or other educational property, a class F felony, and one count of communicating a threat of mass violence on educational property, a class H felony, according to the High Point Police Department. He was initially held on $3 million bond in Guilford County Jail but was held without bond following an appearance in court Wednesday, High Point Police Capt. Chris Weisner told Boston.com.


Police say they went to the campus after the university called and said its security was with a student who had two firearms and ammunition in his dorm room. When officers arrived, they saw the guns and ammunition, took them, and brought Steber to the station for questioning, the release said.

Fox 8, a local news station for High Point, reports that Steber “had a ‘plan and timeline to kill people.’”

In an email to the campus community on Tuesday, the university called the incident “an unfortunate situation.”

“While there is no immediate threat, we are informing you that this evening, students reported to HPU staff that another student had possession of two firearms,” part of the email said. “Due to the diligence of the students who reported this and the swift response of HPU security, the firearms were confiscated and the matter was turned over to the High Point Police Department. The owner of the firearms has been removed from campus.”