The Norman Transcript

January 22, 2014

UPDATE: Shots are possibly a false alarm

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — An updated version of the story is available here.

Pres. David L. Boren said the disturbance the professor heard that led to reports of a possible shooting may instead have been related to ongoing construction of Scholars Walk. A backhoe was being used on the east side of Gould Hall along Asp Avenue.

Students said communcication from Boren has been reassuring and campus life is resuming as normal. University staff sheltering inside Gaylord Hall have been told to resume their normal activities, but to avoid Gould Hall for the time being.

Minutes ago, authorities evacuated Gould Hall following reports of gunfire, however, reports from the scene indicate the incident may have been a false alarm.

Landscape Architecture professor Tom Woodfin said he didn’t hear anything inside his office. He looked out and saw a uniformed officer carrying a rifle.

Shortly afterward, police began evacuating the building.

“Somebody thought they heard gunshots and so they initiated the active shooter response team,” Woodfin said. “As far as I know there hasn’t been any corroboration of shots.”

Woodfin said he counted 12 Norman police and sheriff vehicles parked on the oval. People were told to take shelter inside Gaylord Hall as emergency responders checked Gould Hall.

OU President David Boren is reporting that a faculty member heard what she thought were gunshots. OU and Norman Police search Gould Hall and found no evidence of a shooting. They are now re-checking Gould Hall.

Boren said he was pleased with the emergency response which went out to the entire campus. He appreciated the Norman SWAT team responding so quickly.