(Update 8:30 p.m.) Search of Library Completed; No Suspicious Person Found

Release Date: February 16, 2010

At 7:45 p.m. the UB Police Department completed their search of Lockwood Library and no suspicious person was found. UB Police say that there is no threat to the campus.

The library will remain closed for the evening. UB Police are available until 9:30 p.m. tonight to escort any student or staff member who may have left belongings in the building.

At about 4:03 p.m. today, University at Buffalo police responded to a call of a suspicious person seen entering Lockwood Library, possibly with a gun.

Police responded and began conducting a thorough search of the six-floor library. The area was evacuated as a precaution and the campus was notified to avoid the area at 4:40 p.m. Officials announced at 5:40 p.m. that classes and activities on the university's North Campus were cancelled for the evening. During this event the Buffalo Police assisted by patrolling the South Campus and Amherst Police assisted UB Police with the search of the library.

"The safety of our students, faculty and staff is always our primary concern," said UB Provost Satish Tripathi. "The university's campus alert and emergency response was enacted quickly and appropriately. Police patrols will be increased on the North Campus."

All classes and campus activities will resume normal schedule tomorrow Wednesday morning.

The university will continue to provide information to students, faculty, staff and the public on its web site http://www.buffalo.edu, as well as through email and text messaging.

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