Media AUSTIN, TX-- On
Tuesday morning, a gunman ran through the University
of Texas campus, randomly firing an AK-47, before turning the gun on himself.
The suspect was reported dead and a possible
second accomplice at large. The suspected gunman reportedly died of
self-inflicted wounds, while officials said the second suspect was
believed to be unarmed. Witnesses said the suspect entered the campus
library carrying an AK-47, and wearing a tuxedo and ski mask The campus
remains on lockdown with SWAT teams searching the area for the second suspect. No one else was reported injured.
The Text-Message/E-Mail Alert System Appears to Have Worked
the first armed suspect was spotted on the campus shortly after 8 a.m.,
university administrators rushed to send out messages via e-mail and
text to alert students and faculty to stay away.
Text at 8:28 a.m. "Armed subject reported last seen at Perry Castaneda Library on 9/28/2010. Details to follow."
E-mail at 8:57 a.m. "At
this time, UT Alert has sent a message of an armed subject near Perry
Castenada Library. Details to follow. UTPD has informed Housing and Food
to go into complete lock down and for residents and staff to shelter in
place until further notice."
Text at 8:58 a.m. "Again,
armed subject reported at Perry Castaneda Library. Shelter in place.
Stay where you are at. More information to follow."
E-mail at 9:53 a.m. In
the interest of keeping you up to date on the current emergency, I want
you to know that the campus remains locked down. All students, faculty,
staff and visitors should stay indoors and continue to follow
instructions (from loudspeakers, email, text messages and uniformed
police officers). You will be notified when the situation becomes
The armed suspect is dead. No other injuries have been reported.
All organized classes for today, September 28, are canceled.
Please continue to monitor e-mail and the UT home page for updates. Thank you for your cooperation. Bill Powers, president E-mail at 10:01 a.m. "The
university is closed. A suspected shooter in PCL library is dead. Law
enforcement are searching for a second suspect. If you are off campus,
STAY AWAY. If you are on campus, lock doors, do not leave your
building." The road is closed at San Jacinto and Martin Luther King Jr.
boulevards. Capital Metro has suspended shuttle bus service on and
around campus due to the incident. For more information, people are
directed to call 1-866-651-9400.Add