UB Police Conclude There is No Threat to Campus; Operations Return to Normal

Release Date: February 17, 2010

The investigation is continuing after yesterday's evacuation of Lockwood Library, but UB Police say they were not able to confirm there was a man with a gun on campus and there is no longer a threat to the university community.

Lockwood Library is open, and classes, activities and operations at UB have returned to normal.

UB Police Chief Gerald Schoenle said UB Police responded immediately to a possible sighting of a gunman on campus yesterday, but a thorough four-hour search of the library did not uncover anyone suspicious.

"We responded to an unconfirmed report with an abundance of caution and no continuing threat to the campus community could be verified," Schoenle said. "We have increased our police presence on the North Campus as a precaution."

Police responded to the call at approximately 4:03 p.m. yesterday 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."

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