ATHENS, Ohio – Authorities were taking no chances Tuesday afternoon when a shooting was reported at a resident hall on the Athens campus of Ohio University.
After university police received a call about a shooting at Gamertsfelder Hall, which houses summer session students, the building was evacuated and people and searched by police. Although the campus was never under a lockdown, people were encouraged to avoid the area of the East Green while the search by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and Athens and campus police expanded.
They found no evidence of a shooting and the “all clear” was given shortly after 5:00 p.m., according to a statement released by university president Roderick McDavis.
“This afternoon, the Ohio University Police Department dispatch received a telephone call about a self-reported shooting at Gamertsfelder Hall. Officers were immediately dispatched to Gamertsfelder Hall. A thorough search of Gamertsfelder Hall and the East Green found no evidence of a shooting or on-going threat…The investigation of the incident is continuing, and we will continue to assess our emergency response to this incident,” McDavis said in the statement posted on the university’s website.
The Patrol and Athens police assisted in what city Police Chief Thomas Pyle called “an alleged shooting.” A Highway Patrol spokesman says troopers were sent after school police requested help. Athens County Emergency Medical Services also responded to the call.
McDavis says university officials implemented safety and communication protocols through the university police and the Critical Incident Response Team, which included social media and website updates on the situation.
“Safety is our highest priority at Ohio University, and we appreciate the concerted efforts of all involved to ensure the protection of the campus and our community,” he said.