Ohio University Police have given the all-clear after investigating the report of a possible shooting at Gamertsfelder Hall on the Athens Campus Tuesday.
Police said a search did not find evidence of shooting in Gamertsfelder Hall, and the search was expanded to all of East Green, with police asking that the area be evacuated.
That search was conducted and no evidence of a shooting was found nor was any on-going threat, university officials said.
East Green has been reopened for normal use.
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis released the following statement:
This afternoon, the Ohio University Police Department (OUPD) dispatch received a telephone call about a self-reported shooting at Gamertsfelder Hall. Officers were immediately dispatched to Gamertsfelder Hall. A thorough search of Gamertsfelder Hall and the East Green found no evidence of a shooting or on-going threat. It was determined by our first-responders that there is no threat to the safety of our university or Athens community. The East Green has been reopened for normal use.
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.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Athens police assisted the university police.
A Highway Patrol spokesman said troopers were sent after school police requested help.
Officials at Ohio University tweeted a warning of a shooting on Tuesday afternoon.
Ohio University will update information at ohio.edu/alert as information becomes available.
Ohio University’s Police Department is expanding the search of East Green on OU’s Athens campus after finding no evidence of a shooting they were investigating.
The university’s emergency text system informed campus around 4:15 p.m. that no evidence of a shooting was found in Gamertsfelder Hall, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The hall was being used to house summer school students, said Jenny Hall-Jones, OU’s dean of students.
At 3:12 p.m., the university’s official Twitter feed said the police are investigating a shooting. It was unclear if anyone had been shot.
Katie Quaranta, an OU spokeswoman, said the campus police were investigating.
Armed State Highway Patrol troopers entered the building and cleared out students, said OU Police Capt. Brian Kapple. Two EMS units were standing by.
Officers also were asking pedestrians to leave the area and have closed down Jefferson and Morton hills, two of the main access points into the area.