University issues “all-clear” after investigating report of a person with a gun on the East End

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A timeline of Thursday’s events. (Graphic by Jayla Butler | Student Life)

[The Washington University Police Department said Thursday evening that they did not find a weapon and made no arrests related to Thursday’s events on campus. See the full story here.]

The Washington University emergency management system issued an all-clear alert Thursday afternoon at 4:23 p.m. after informing community members more than hour earlier that the Washington University Police Department was investigating a report of a person with a gun on the East End. The all-clear alert said that community members could resume normal activity. 

Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications Julie Flory said in an email to Student Life that there was a report of a person with a gun, “but thankfully that was not the case.”

“WUPD has completed its investigation and there is no threat,” Flory wrote.

According to the emergency alerts, the person in question has been located.

The emergency management system sent its first alert to community members at 3:14 p.m before sending that alert again at 3:39 p.m.  

“Armed person on Danforth Campus. RUN/HIDE/FIGHT. If hide, lock/barricade yourself in a room until further notice. If off campus, stay away,” the first alert read.

A second alert was issued at 3:40 p.m. with more information about the threat. 

“WUPD is investigating a report of a person with a gun on the east end of the Danforth Campus. Shelter in place until further notice,” the 3:40 p.m. alert read. 

At 4:23 p.m., the emergency management system issued an “ALL CLEAR.”

“ALL CLEAR. The person in question has been located and there is no active threat related to this incident. You may resume normal activity,” the final alert read.

This story was last updated at 11:19 p.m. with a timeline of the events. Read our full article here.

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