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Friday, April 30, 2010

Police searching KU hall for gunman

The University of Kansas says that police are searching a campus building, McCollum Hall, after receiving a report of an armed suspect, according to a text alert sent to campus personnel and students. Officials are warning those on campus to stay away from the building. Those inside are asked to find a safe place and stay there.

UPDATED: KU Alerts says that nobody has been shot, and nobody's been injured.

(McCollum Hall is a residential hall, a fairly large one.)

The rest of the campus is not locked down. The Journal-World reports that a large group of police were seen outside the hall, with who knows how many inside. On Twitter, the managing editor of The Daily Kansan's website says she's heard the building's fourth floor might be involved. Lawrence PD is helping out, and paramedics are standing by.

After the Virginia Tech shootings -- and here's hoping today isn't anything like that -- KU set up a system to improve its security. From an older Star article:

In January, KU created an emergency management planning position and hosted a national group to lead a three-day training course for campus public safety officers and officers from other area universities.

For student notification, Cohen said, KU has implemented a text-message alert system that also covers students and staff at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park and at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.; an e-mail system for students and staff; an indoor intercom system; and "cardlocks" at residence and scholarship halls, where students must swipe their identification cards to get inside.


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