False alarm on shots fired report at University of Oklahoma - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

OU president declares normal operations after shooting false alarm

A shooting has been reported on the University of Oklahoma campus. (Source: KOCO/CNN) A shooting has been reported on the University of Oklahoma campus. (Source: KOCO/CNN)

(RNN) -The University of Oklahoma's president said the faculty member who feared shots had been fired "did the right thing" in notifying the authorities.

"We've seen, in recent days, situations at schools," said President David Boren on Wednesday. "And we know that creates an alarming environment for us."

Police found no evidence of a shooting in the area.

Boren said the staff member contacted police immediately, who in turn contacted his office. A text message went out to all students and faculty to "shelter in place" about three minutes after the first call.

He announced all normal campus operations had resumed, including classes, with the exception of Gould Hall, which houses the College of Architecture. The building where it was feared the shooting took place has been completely searched, but law enforcement was performing a second run-through "just in case."

"From our point of view, it was very reassuring for us that all systems worked well," Boren told reporters.

In response to a question, the university president said he did not believe having more guns around would be a good thing.

"I think the most unwise thing in the world we could do is put guns in the hands of everyone on campus," he said.

The Oklahoma Daily, OU's student newspaper, stated Boren told students the incident may have been a machinery backfire. No injuries have been reported.

The university's Twitter feed relayed there had been no evidence of a shooting about 35 minutes after reporting it at 11:30 a.m. CT.

OU Daily reported Dale Hall had been evacuated and Norman, OK, police officers were on the scene to assist.

The school has an enrollment of roughly 30,000 and is located about 20 miles south of Oklahoma City.

The incident comes one day after a shooting on Purdue University's campus took the life of student Andrew Boldt, 21. Cody Cousins, 23, is suspected of killing Boldt.

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