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Reports of Gunmen Cause Western Kentucky University Evacuation

By Bob Ewing     Oct 22, 2008 in Crime
Western Kentucky University was locked down today after someone reported seeing people with weapons in a building on a satellite campus.
Officials at Western Kentucky University was on lockdown today when someone reported seeing people with weapons in a building on a satellite campus. Police later received reports that shots had been fired on the main campus, more than a mile away.
Police searched the South Campus building but could not find any people with guns or witnesses who could confirm the reports.
Later, the police sent a text message warning students to seek shelter after the reports of shots fired in or near Pearce Ford Tower residence hall, on the school's main campus, though those reports were also unconfirmed.
The police did confirm there was some type of fight in or near the residence hall.
"We did have a fight and initial reports were that a weapon was involved but that has not been confirmed," said Bob Skipper, director of media relations for the school about an hour north of Nashville, Tenn
. "We actually had reports of three different fights, one on our south campus about a mile from our main campus."
It is not known whether the fights were connected.
The campus emergency warning system was activated and students and employees were told to remain indoors until an "all clear" was issued.
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