Reported Shooting At University Of Oklahoma May Have Been False Alarm

The University of Oklahoma said reports of shots fired on campus Wednesday afternoon may have been a false alarm.

OU President David Boren told students the reports of shots fired may have been a false alarm due to a piece of equipment backfiring, according to Oklahoma City news station KFOR.

The university at first told students to shelter in place and avoid Gould Hall after reporting a shooting on campus.

Staff in another building, Copeland Hall, reported hearing two shots, according to the university’s student newspaper.

OU later said on Twitter that it did not find any evidence of shots fired and no injuries were reported. Police were continuing to check Gould Hall, but normal campus operations resumed elsewhere.

This post has been updated.

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