University of Oklahoma President David Boren: No evidence of shots fired at Gould Hall in Norman

NORMAN, Okla. - A report of a shooting on the University of Oklahoma campus "appears to have been a false alarm," said President David Boren.

Normal campus operations resumed just before 12:30 p.m. after a report of a shooting on the Norman campus.

During a press conference outside Evans Hall Wednesday afternoon, Boren said someone reported three noises just after 11 a.m. as possible shots fired. A text notifying students of a possible shooting was sent three minutes later.

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An immediate shelter-in-place order was issued and a message was posted to the university's official Twitter account telling students to avoid Gould Hall.

Boren said Gould Hall was searched top to bottom and no evidence of any shots fired or a possible shooting suspect was found.

Norman police officers responded to the scene to assist campus police with a shots fired call that came in at 11:17 a.m. They dispatched officers and medical personnel but could provide no other information.

Professor Mike Boettcher was in a classroom with students across from Gould Hall. He tells 2NEWS they were asked to stay where they were.

Boettcher said about 15 cruisers from city and campus police pulled up from the South Oval to Gould Hall.  Officers emerged from their vehicles with guns drawn.


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Several students who were on campus during the lockdown spoke to 2NEWS, saying people were sprinting on campus when news of a possible shooting spread.  Another student said people are still on edge.

A second search of Gould Hall was performed before the building was reopened at 2:15 p.m. and classes resumed as normal.

Boren said investigators have not determined what made the sounds, though there is construction work around the building that could have been the cause.

Gould Hall houses the college of architecture, according to the OU website. It's located on the South Oval.

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