CWU Continues Investigating False Shooting Report


    ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Central Washington University’s Ellensburg campus resumed normal operations Thursday following the Wednesday night false reports of an active shooter on campus.

    Central Washington sent out a press release from the University as well as one from University president James L. Gaudino on Thursday in regards to the false reports on Wednesday night.

    The releases stated:

    "Yesterday our campus experienced an incident that, fortunately, turned out to be a false report. Our law enforcement staff responded to a 9-1-1 call of a possible shooter in one of our campus buildings. The officers quickly responded in an appropriate and well-coordinated way to secure campus buildings in order to conduct a thorough search. They also alerted the campus community of the potential threat."

    "I applaud not only our first responders, but also our students, staff and faculty, who followed the police instructions to stay in place or to stay away from the campus during the episode. Thank you for your help, your understanding, and your cooperation, which greatly aided law enforcement as they sought to secure the campus."

    “While this was a false alarm—and for that I am most grateful—it reminds us that we live in times when such outside threats can be real and deadly,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino. “This was a traumatic experience for our entire campus, especially those who spent time in a secured building, awaiting the all-clear.”

    Police determined there was not an active shooter on campus, there were no confirmed shots, there are no known suspects, and no injuries were reported.

    Students seeking counseling, appointments are available as are drop-in opportunities in the Student Union and Recreation Center.

    “Our primary concern is ensuring our students know they are safe here and our counselors are standing by for any member of our campus who needs support,” Gaudino said. “I am encouraging them, and all members of our campus community, to talk to others—friends, faculty, advisors, mentors—about what they are experiencing. I have found that it is better to be in the company of others, in our regular environments, than it is to be alone and isolated.”

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