No threat to campus found following investigation at OU

Last updated: July 15. 2014 8:11PM - 911 Views
Amber Gillenwater agillenwater@civitasmedia.com

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ATHENS — Following the report of a possible shooting at a dormitory located on the Ohio University campus in Athens on Tuesday afternoon, officers with the Ohio University Police Department found no evidence of a shooting, but are continuing their investigation.

According to information posted on the Ohio University website, Ohio University police began their investigation of a report of a possible shooting in the vicinity of Gamertsfelder Hall, a residence hall on the East Green of the Athens campus, after 3 p.m. Tuesday. As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ohio University police had not found any evidence of a shooting at the residence hall. No additional reports of the possible shooting were reported.

University police did evacuate the East Green area as a precaution and further advised employees and students to avoid that area on campus until their investigation had been completed. The university was never reported as being on lockdown.

Posts released through the Ohio University Twitter feed at approximately 5:30 p.m. report that the Ohio University Police Department had finished its search of the East Green and there was “no evidence of [a] shooting” or an “on-going” threat. Police had reopened the East Green on the Athens campus by approximately 5:30 p.m. and an “all clear” was issued for the incident just prior to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Further, updates on the university’s website indicate that no injuries have been reported.

In a statement released Tuesday evening, Ohio University President Roderick McDavis reported that, in response to the notification of the possible shooting on Tuesday, the university immediately implemented their established safety and communication protocols through the Ohio University Police Department and the Critical Incident Response Team.

“I am very pleased with the swift response of our emergency responders, including OUPD, the Athens Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Athens County Emergency Medical Services,” McDavis said. “I also commend our students, staff, faculty and community for their cooperation today.”

McDavis also said the university would use Tuesday’s incident as an assessment and will continue planning with local emergency response teams in the event of any future emergency on campus.

“The investigation of the incident is continuing, and we will continue to assess our emergency response to this incident,” he said. “Safety is our highest priority at Ohio University, and we appreciate the concerted efforts of all involved to ensure the protection of the campus and our community.”

Further information on this incident will be released as it is made available by Ohio University officials.

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