Police clear UA campus 3 hours after report of gunman

2013-03-22T17:13:00Z 2013-03-22T20:17:09Z Police clear UA campus 3 hours after report of gunmanJoseph Trevino Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Police officers locked down several UA buildings Friday evening after reports of a man on campus with a gun. After about three hours police began to clear the scene without finding a gunman.

While the police have yet to officially confirm the situation is over, officers were gathering about 8 p.m. for a debriefing and many of the officers were swarmed the campus were being allowed to leave and answer other emergency calls.

No injuries were reported but dozens of law enforcement officers converged on the campus, where in October 2002 a failing student shot and killed three professors in the College of Nursing before killing himself.

Early reports Friday said the man had entered the Administration Building.

A call came in to 911 at 4:52 reporting a man on campus with a gun, said Office Jose Bermudez of the UA Police Department.

A campuswide email alert went out shortly after 5 p.m. telling recipients of the police incident and to stay away from the building, which is in the middle of the campus.

University of Arizona and Tucson police officers surrounded the Administration Building and officers were stationed outside nearby buildings. Numerous streets were closed to traffic. About 20 Tucson police cars could be seen on campus.

At about 6 p.m., officers went into the Administration Building and began searching and escorting out those found inside.

The Modern Languages Building was also evacuated.

State Rep. Ethan Orr, R-Tucson, said he was in the Administration Building when the text alert went out. He said people in the building were told to remain inside the building.

After about an hour, he said officers escorted everyone from the building. He said the evacuation was orderly.

“I thought about my wife and children,” Orr said.

Officers were searching the building floor by floor and room by room, Bermudez said.

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