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No evidence of shooting after investigation on OU campus

Police investigated a report of a possible shooting on campus, but found no evidence. (Source: WBNS) Police investigated a report of a possible shooting on campus, but found no evidence. (Source: WBNS)
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School officials have given the all clear after hours of investigating found no evidence of a shooting or ongoing threat on Ohio University's campus. Officials say the East Green has reopened for normal use.

The Ohio University Police Department received a call Tuesday afternoon about a self-reported shooting at a school dorm, according to officials.

Shortly after 3 p.m., the university began posting alerts on its Facebook page, warning everyone to avoid Gamertsfelder Hall and evacuate the area. The hall was placed on lockdown.

OUPD originally investigated the report at Gamertsfelder Hall, but did not find any evidence of a shooting in the vicinity. As a result, the search expanded to all of East Green, home to the residence hall.

Ohio State Highway Patrol and Athens Police assisted OUPD with the investigation. 

OU President Roderick McDavis issued the following statement:

In response to the notification, we immediately implemented our established safety and communication protocols through OUPD and the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).

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. I also commend our students, staff, faculty and community for their cooperation today.

The investigation of the incident is continuing, and we will continue to assess our emergency response to this incident.

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.

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