Stillwater News Press

January 22, 2014

UPDATE: OU president: At this point, it appears to have been a false alarm

By Megan Sando
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — University of Oklahoma President David Boren said emergency responders at the university cannot confirm that gun shots were fired.

Students evacuated the Gould Hall building just minutes after an emergency text was sent at 11:24 a.m.

"Gould  Hall has been completely searched from bottom to top," he said. "Nothing has been found in or outside the building."

Boren said a faculty member reported that they heard three shots being fired. Police scanners confirmed that the area was on a third floor hallway at approximately 11:18 a.m.

"We can't rule it out that they didn't hear it, though," he said.

Because campus is undergoing some construction nearby, Boren thinks it is likely what the faculty member heard but is just a speculation.

OU Police, Norman Police and Fire Departments, SWAT teams and medical care were all at the campus in a matter of minutes, he said.

Boren commended the work of emergency responders and the university's emergency system for a speedy response.

Boren said hearing shots on campus can never be taken lightly, and that the faculty member did exactly what they were supposed to do.

The building will be checked twice to confirm its safety.

Students were reported trapped in a closet, bathroom and office.

A female was escorted out of the building at 12:44 p.m.

Boren said no one has been taken into custody.

"We're just thankful no one was injured," he said.

It is likely the building will reopen today, pending the second search is cleared safely.

Here is a timeline of events from the university's website.



11:24 AM: Shooting on campus. Avoid Gould Hall. Seek immediate shelter in place.

11:39 AM: No new information at this time. Remain sheltered in place.

11:45 AM: No new information at this time. Remain sheltered in place.

12:05 PM: 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.

12:20 PM: Normal campus operations have resumed except for Gould Hall where additional checking is continuing. No new information at this time.

12:49 PM: University of Oklahoma President David Boren to address the media on the front steps of Evan Hall (Administration Building) at 1 p.m.

CST.1:16 PM: "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 being conducted just in case. It appears to have been a false alarm." - OU President David Boren