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February 13, 2009

Former student allegedly pulls gun on faculty member

A former student allegedly pulled a gun on a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma late Friday afternoon.

It is alleged that an individual who has been identified by witnesses as former student Michael Joseph Childers pointed a gun at a member of the faculty in Kaufman Hall, according to an e-mail by OU President Boren sent out to all OU students Friday.

"The weapon was not discharged and the suspect identified as Childers fled the campus moving in a northwest direction toward Elm Ave," Boren wrote in the e-mail.

He is described as white male approximately 27 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with brown eyes and short cropped brown hair, Boren said. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark sweat pants. His last known motor vehicle is a maroon 1990 four door Honda with Oklahoma license plate number IHM 016.

"If anyone has information about his whereabouts, please immediately contact either OUPD or Norman Police Department by calling 911," Boren said.

Assistant sociology professor Rob Clark said he was on the third floor of Kaufman around 3 p.m. when he heard screaming from the floor below him. He said he went downstairs where he saw a woman standing with people clustered around her looking concerned.

"She seemed very scared and afraid," Clark said of the woman, who reportedly worked in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.

Clark offered to call an ambulance but was told that was not necessary, so he just called the police.

The woman appeared uninjured, Clark said.

"I think her screaming prompted the guy to take off before he could do anything to her," Clark said.

After Clark called the police, he said he went around to all the offices on the third floor and told professors and students what had happened. He said he told them to be careful and shut their doors, and he did the same.

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