Indiana's Ball State 'all clear' after no gunman found

Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:07pm EST

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(Reuters) - Ball State University lifted a warning to shelter in place on Friday evening after a three-hour police search prompted by an individual shouting "gun" turned up no evidence of a gunman on the Muncie, Indiana, campus.

"The all clear has been issued," the university said on its website. "Campus is secure. Resume normal activities."

In a posting on its website earlier on Friday, the school told people to secure themselves in a safe location after "an individual in the recreation and wellness building shouted that there was a gun."

"They did two searches of the building and found no evidence of a gunman," said Tom Taylor, university vice president for enrollment, marketing and communications.

Taylor said in a telephone interview that police were not able to determine who shouted "gun gun gun."

Indianapolis television station WTHR showed aerial video of more than a dozen police cars with lights flashing at a campus intersection and amateur video of police officers searching the area.

An explosion heard on campus was determined to be an accidentally discharged service weapon outside the secured perimeter of the scene, the school said on its website.

About 21,000 students are enrolled at Ball State, which is located about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Additional reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Barbara Goldberg, David Gregorio, Lisa Shumaker and Mohammad Zargham)

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Comments (3)
bulfrog5 wrote:
Interesting, since it was law enforcement using the firearm, it’s called a service weapon. If there had actually been a gun or a gunman (or gunwoman, you never know), the media would have described any firearm as an assault weapon and then they would have proceeded to describe so called evil or scary features of the firearm in an effort to brainwash the sheeple even further. Good job Reuters.

Nov 16, 2013 10:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
You_No wrote:
We were so proud how quickly an unsubstantiated claim and possible misunderstanding turned a public educational campus into a police cordon. We are glad that the rumor and suspicion of twitter don’t ever cause problems.

Thank you to the FOUR SWAT TEAMS who fired on Muncie last night. Your discharge of weaponry, outside the ‘secure zone’ was the climax to your qualified show of force. How would we live without you keeping secure zones secure?

I’d say that, on the whole, we’re now much more willing to accept that the Police and The State always have the best knowledge of our care.

Nov 16, 2013 1:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
You_No wrote:
We were so proud how quickly an unsubstantiated claim and possible misunderstanding turned a public educational campus into a police cordon. We are glad that the rumor and suspicion of twitter don’t ever cause problems.

Thank you to the FOUR SWAT TEAMS who fired on Muncie last night. Your discharge of weaponry, outside the ‘secure zone’ was the climax to your qualified show of force. How would we live without you keeping secure zones secure?

I’d say that, on the whole, we’re now much more willing to accept that the Police and The State always have the best knowledge of our care.

Nov 16, 2013 1:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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