Authorities have issued the all clear after receiving reports of a possible shooter on the University of Michigan campus, saying there is no threat to the community.
After multiple 911 callers reported hearing shots fired, university in Ann Arbor, Michigan said in a flash bulletin to students at 4.55pm: ‘UM Emergency Alert – Mason Hall Run Hide Fight.’
Emergency radio traffic indicated that a group of female students told police that they had been popping balloons and screaming, but that has not been confirmed as the source of the reports of shots fired.
The radio traffic indicated that callers reported hearing shots fired, but there were no reports of anyone seeing a shooter.
Police rush to the scene after reports of an active shooter at UMich. Officials say there is no active threat to the community but advise the public to stay clear of the area
Police responded to the University of Michigan on Saturday after reports of an active shooter
Just days after the massacre in New Zealand, the alert send terrified students fleeing for cover and hiding behind barricaded doors.
‘Hiding in a bathroom please please pray for us,’ one student wrote on Twitter.
She continued: ‘The police are campus clearing building by building they haven’t gotten to us yet i really hope i can go home soon i can’t stop shaking.’
Even after officials cleared the area where that student was hiding, her terror lingered.
‘I’m just starting to calm down and the shock is leaving and now i cant stop crying even if it was a false alarm like they’re saying it was real to us i thought i was going to die,’ she wrote.
The university said at 5.19pm that the reports of a shooter were still unconfirmed.
‘Unconfirmed reports of active shooter, Officers are in the area checking. Stay away from the area of Mason Hall,’ the university said in an alert.
Officials said in an alert at 5.32pm that there does not appear to be an active threat, but warned the community to stay clear of the area as police work the scene.
‘There does not appear to be an active threat to the community. DPSS continues to investigate. Continue to stay clear of area,’ the school’s public safety department wrote in an alert.
‘There does not appear to be an active threat at UofM at this time,’ the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office said at 5.35pm.
‘Reports of shots fired on campus are unfounded at this time. UofM DPSS continues to investigate and asks that you stay clear of the area,’ the sheriff’s office said.
At 7.50pm, the investigation was complete, and the UMich Department of Public Safety issued an all clear indicating that the incident was a false alarm.
‘All Clear. Police have determined there is no threat to the community. Buildings are open. All clear,’ the department said.
The reports of a shooting came from Mason Hall (above). Officials advised the public to stay clear of the building while police assess the situation