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UT Campus Shooting

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumSep 28, 2010 2:57 PM


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We're all listening to reports of the shooting on campus this morning. The details are unclear, but one gunman is dead and it appears no one else was injured. A possible second suspect is sought. The University is closed and you can follow emergency updates here. Since this is where I work, I'm getting several emails, so in response am posting the latest from The Statesman:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 08:32 AM A gunman who fired several shots in the Perry-Castaneda Library on the UT campus is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and police are looking for a possible second suspect, officials say. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed that the shooter is dead, but UT continues to be locked down, and people are urged to stay out of the area. Officials say it appears there are no other injuries. UT spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon said witnesses had reported that the man was armed with automatic weapon. “The shooter is dead on the sixth floor of Perry-Castaneda Library, said Don Hale, a UT spokesman. “No identification. Apparently took his own life.” “We don’t have any report of anybody getting shot at this point,” Hale said. “It’s not clear yet” if there is a second suspect, Hale said shortly after 9 a.m., adding that the university’s advice to stay indoors and keep doors locked remains in force. Police officials raised the possibility of a second gunman because they had received different descriptions of the gunman by witnesses. It was unclear how many shots were fired, but witnesses described eight to 10 shots in short bursts. There were numerous reports that the gunman was wearing a black ski mask. KVUE talked to UT student Andrew McWaters who said he saw the shooter near Dobie Mall and heard four gunshots followed by two more. He said the gunman was wearing a black ski mask, smiling and waving the gun. Hale said university officials at 8:23 a.m. alerted students, faculty members and staff members by text message, outdoor loudspeakers and an online posting to stay indoors. A second e-mail alert from UT officials said: “Armed subject last seen at Perry Casteneda Library and UTC. Shelter in place. UTPD responding.” “That seems to be working pretty well,” Hale said of that advice. Emergency sirens began going off about 8:30 a.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. from Red River Street to University Avenue is closed at this time. Members of the Austin SWAT team accompanied by DPS troopers are on the scene. perrylibrary.jpg Alicia Dietrich, public affairs assistant with the Harry Ransom Center, which is down the street from the library, said she heard the shots as she was parking her bike. “I didn’t even know for sure that it was gunshots,” Dietrich said at 8:47 a.m. “The sirens went off about five to 10 minutes ago. The building has been locked down and I don’t think they’re letting anybody in or out.” Kevin Olsen, a graduate student at the University of Texas, said he was walking by the Dobie dorm about 8:15 a.m. when he heard about eight to 10 shots in short bursts. He said other people walking to class also heard shots and were looking around “kind of in awe.” A UT facilities worker told KLBJ-AM that he heard at least 10 gunshots but saw nobody get hit.

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