The Edmond Sun

State News

January 22, 2014

OU: Campus all clear after shooting scare

NORMAN — Operations at a University of Oklahoma building cleared after a reported shooting turned out to be a “false alarm.”

At 2:13 p.m. Wednesday, OU administrators reported Gould Hall has been cleared for occupancy. Classes were resuming for the remainder of the day. All other university operations and classes will continue as normal.

Earlier in the day, at 11:24 a.m., OU administrators reported on the university’s website: “Shooting on campus. Avoid Gould Hall. Seek immediate shelter in place.” Norman Transcript staff on the scene at OU reported students were scurrying away from the area and a SWAT team was responding. Traffic was backed up on Jenkins Avenue.

Other updates followed:

At 11:39 a.m.: “No new information at this time. Remain sheltered in place.”

At 11:45 a.m.: “No new information at this time. Remain sheltered in place.”

At 12:05 p.m. OU administrators reported: “As of this time, no evidence has been found of any shots being fired. There are no injuries reported at this time. Both the Norman and OU police department have very quickly responded as well as emergency personnel. President Boren is at the scene. Normal campus operations have resumed except for Gould Hall where additional checking is continuing.”

At 1:16 p.m. OU President David Boren reported: “At this time, there is no evidence that shots were fired. Classes are going on as normal in all other buildings except Gould Hall. Additional search of Gould Hall is being conducted just in case. It appears to have been a false alarm.”

The incident in Norman occurred a day after a shooting caused the death of a 21-year-old student on the Purdue University campus in Indiana.

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