Shooting at University of Texas: Gunman Fires Shots Then Kills Himself
According to CNN, the University of Texas at Austin was under a lockdown Tuesday morning after a suspected gunman wielding an AK-47 fired shots and then turned the gun on himself inside a campus library.
The gunman died, said Robert Dahlstrom, chief of staff in the Austin Police Department. No one else was injured.
Police were searching for a possible second suspect and checking campus buildings for possible explosives left behind, said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.
The university was closed at mid-morning and all classes for the day were cancelled as law enforcement teams descended on campus.
“A suspected shooter in PCL library is dead,” said an alert posted on the university’s emergency website at 10:30 a.m. “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. All organized classes for today, September 28, are canceled.”
Witnesses spotted a man in a dark suit with a ski mask pulled over his face running in the direction of the Perry-Casteneda Library a little after 8 a.m. Professor Randall Wilhite heard gunshots on his way to class and saw students scrambling to safety. He told police he saw a man in a dark suit carrying what appeared to be an assault rifle, randomly firing shots as he ran.
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