IUPUI campus ‘full alert’ ends; no gunman found
March 19, 2013 1:15PM
Updated: March 19, 2013 6:36PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — After more than four hours of the campus on “full alert” due to the report of a man with a gun on campus, officials at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have issued an all-clear, according to the univerity’s Twitter handle.
A police serach appeared to be fruitless.
Indiana University-Purdue University police Capt. Bill Abston told WISH-TV a female student reported seeing a man around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday with a long gun and she ducked behind a car. The man was last seen near a nursing building.
Abston said the man was described as a 6-foot white man with a long brown coat.
The university sent out a text message at 12:55 p.m. saying “IUPUI Alert! Man with long gun seen in lot at Barnhill and Vermont. Seek Shelter.”
A report in the Indianapolis Star says police entered three buildings south of Riley Childrens Hospital and ordered them evacuated as the search for the alleged gunman continues. The report says armed officers have entered the three halls.
University spokeswoman Margie Smith-Simmons says campus police are “working diligently on this” and are trying to locate the man. She says entrances to buildings are locked and inaccessible to the public.
But buses were seen unloading students and people were freely entering and leaving buildings more than 30 minutes after the alert.
Also locked down were Riley Hospital for Children on the campus and a nearby Crispus Attacks High School, a medical magnet school.
IU School of Medicine lab technician Kamakshi Sishtla says she hunkered down in a small, windowless equipment room. The building where she works is across the street from where the gunman was spotted.
Classes resumed Monday after spring break.