UCSB emergency alert
updated: Oct 19, 2009, 5:30 PM
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* At 3:25 p.m. Oct 19, UCSB issued an emergency text and email alert saying there was a lockdown of South Hall on campus.
* Another alert followed shortly which said a man with a gun was on campus.
* A third alert told everyone on campus to stay in their dorms/offices/workplaces.
* Police conducted a widespread search. (See photo)
* The incident was cleared about 4:30 p.m.
* Final report from UCPD says it may have been a prank.
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Official UCSB press release
issued at 5:30 p.m.
UCSB Police Respond Quickly to Report of Suspicious Person at South Hall
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) - UC Santa Barbara police are investigating an incident in which a suspicious person was seen on the sixth-floor balcony of the campus's South Hall. One caller to police indicated the person had a weapon, but after interviewing several witnesses, and conducting a floor-to-floor, room-to-room search, police determined that no weapon was involved.
As a precautionary measure, emergency e-mail and text messages to the campus community via the UCSB Alert system instructed everyone on campus to seek shelter in place. That instruction was lifted once the search was completed and no suspect was found. Campus activities and classes are operating as scheduled Monday evening.
The entire incident lasted a little more than an hour, concluding at about 4:20 p.m. Responding to the scene were UCSB Police, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, and County Fire Department personnel.
The UCSB Police Department is continuing its investigation into the incident.
5 p.m. Summary emergency alert about the incident:
On Monday, Oct. 19th at approximately 3:15 pm. UCSB Police Department received multiple calls of a suspicious person at South Hall. One caller indicated the subject possibly had a gun.
UCSB Police, Isla Vista Foot Patrol, Rescue 7 and County Fire responded. Officers conducted a floor-to-floor and room-to-room search and evacuation. The subject was not located but an on-site investigation revealed that the incident is possibly a prank. UCSB PD is currently conducting further investigation into the incident.
Any further updates on this incident will be posted on the Public Information Line 805-893-7188.
Public Safety has identified a threat at South Hall. Emergency personnel are on scene. If you are inside the building at South Hall SHELTER IN PLACE. If you are away from South Hall, stay away. Stand by for up-date.
More info in second alert: Officers are currently searching South Hall for a subject possibly in possession of a gun. Shelter in place until evacuated by a police officer.
Third alert: Report of an individual possibly with a weapon although, that has not been confirmed. Police are searching the South Hall. Everyone on campus should shelter in place. South Hall occupants remain in place until evacuated by a police officer. Up-dates on 893-7188.
4:23 p.m. update: South Hall has been cleared and evacuated. University business to continue as usual. Investigation indicates no weapon or actual threat. Update pending in media release and informational line update x7188.
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