Gunman on University of Texas, Austin Campus, Updated: Gunman Shoots Himself in Library, Updated: Dead? Updated: Second Suspect in Calhoun Building?

by the Left Coast Rebel

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(Editor's Note: Live video from UT, Austin scene can be found here.)

Updated at 9 a.m. CST from Austin's Fox News:

Austin, TX - Officials with the University of Texas Police Department say someone with a gun is on the UT campus.

Police are searching an area near the Perry Castaneda Library at 21st and Speedway.

They are looking for someone dressed all in black.

McCombs School of Business is on lockdown.

Traffic is being diverted from the area.

Updated at 6:32 a.m. - Shooter is dead? More details from Austin's Statesman.com:

UT police say an active shooting situation is taking place on campus. Officials believe they have the suspect contained.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed that the shooter is dead from what appears to be self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police are looking for an additional suspect, and therefore UT continues to be locked down, and people are urged to stay out of the area.

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“I’m driving there right now trying to get there,” university spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon said.

“The first report I got was that there was an armed suspect in the Perry-Casteneda library. Now I’m told by campus security that the individual has shot himself on the sixth but I’m not there yet so I can’t confirm that.”

Alicia Dietrich, public affairs assistant with the Harry Ransom Center, which is down the street from the library, said she heard the shots as she was parking her bike.

“I didn’t even know for sure that it was gunshots,” Dietrich said at 8:47 a.m. “The sirens went off about five to ten minutes ago. The building has been locked down and I don’t think they’re letting anybody in or out.”

A police officer at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Speedway told a group of students who asked if they could go into campus: “There’s been a shooting and right now more people may be involved. You’re taking your safety into your own hands if you head anywhere in this area.”

Kevin Olsen, a graduate student at the University of Texas, said he was walking by the Dobie dorm about 8:15 a.m. when he heard about eight to 10 shots in short bursts. He said other people walking to class also heard shots and were looking around “kind of in awe.”

A UT facilities worker told KLBJ-AM that he heard at least 10 gunshots but saw nobody get hit.

Get the latest crime reports in your neighborhood with the Statesman's Crime Tracker.



Updated 9:22 via Fox 43:
KXAN-TV in Austin reported the gunman had shot himself in the Perry Castaneda Library.

A suspected shooter was dead and police were searching for a possible second suspect, university police said on their Facebook page.

A campus text alert went out shortly after 8 a.m. telling people to stay inside and lock doors.


Updated 9:38 a.m. CST - Pictures from the UT, Austin scene via Twitpic:






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Image c/0 Austin's Statesman


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Via Twitpic: Pic from inside the Graduate School of Business, across from the shooting

Updated 9:53 a.m. CST
: Claire Cardona of the University of Texas's newspaper confirmed that the first gunman is dead and that authorities have barricaded the second confirmed gunman in the Calhoun building. Campus police has confirmed that there is a second gunman. They are looking for him but not sure of his location. She also reiterated that the UT campus is closed. Fox News also confirmed at this moment that the only known injuries from the shooting are that of the first gunman shot dead.

Updated 10:09 a.m. CST: This from the Statesman's Twitter page on the identity of the first gunman:

UT computer lab manager says witnesses told him gunman wore a tuxedo or black suit and a ski mask.


Updated 10:27 a.m. CST
: Google Map of Calhoun Hall where according to several sources, the second suspect is barricaded inside (again, authorities are not confirming this location):

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Updated 10:45 a.m. CST: Police just held a news conference with UT and Austin Police Departments. Authorities stressed that at this point there are no injuries or fatalities other than the first suspect who is confirmed dead. They also confirmed that the search is still on for the second suspect but did not provide details beyond that.

Updated 11:50 a.m. CST: UT campus is clear and buildings are now open:

UT officials said the campus has been given the all clear and that all campus buildings have been opened.

Officials have tightened the perimeter around the campus, but UT spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon didn’t have details other than to say it was around the Perry-Castaneda Library.

Although police tape remains up, students can be seen walking around the campus.

For the past hour, officers have been examining shell casings on the ground near the Sugar Shack barbecue stand in a parking lot just east of Whitis Street on the south side of 21st.

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