Western Kentucky University campus on lockdown after reports of shots fired

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 | 2:21 p.m. CDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Western Kentucky University was on lockdown Wednesday after someone reported seeing people with weapons in a building on a satellite campus, and police later received reports that shots had been fired on the main campus, about two miles away.

According to the university Web site, police searched the South Campus building but were not able to find any people with guns or witnesses who could confirm the reports.

They later sent a text message warning students to seek shelter after the reports of shots fired in or near Pearce Ford Tower residence hall, on the school's main campus, though those reports were also unconfirmed.

According to the Web site, police confirmed that there was some type of fight that occurred in or near the residence hall, but they could not confirm that weapons were involved or shots were fired. The school is about an hour north of Nashville, Tenn.

"What we believe we have is an altercation between a group of individuals," school spokeswoman Robbin Taylor told CNN. "It began in one area of the campus, moved to another area of the campus."

The campus emergency warning system was activated, and students and employees were told to remain indoors until an "all clear" was issued.

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