UPDATE: UNK on alert, reports of gunman on campus

Posted by: KLKN Newsroom, 8@klkntv.com

UPDATE: An alert lasting almost three hours has been lifted at University of Nebraska at Kearney.

At around 2:30 a.m. an update has been sent to students and faculty reading:

“All buildings across campus have been checked; no armed individual was located. At this time individuals may return to their normal activities.”

Late last night, an alert to all on campus at UNK had been issued of a possible gunman on campus.

The alert was e-mailed to students and faculty, and was posted on the UNK web site around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night, urging them to stay inside. 

The original alert read:

“A male subject reported to police he had a loaded fire arm and was going to shoot himself on the University of Nebraska Kearney Campus. The call came in from an emergency phone located by the University Library. At this time we ask all Community member to stay off of campus. Those individuals that are on campus stay inside a secure area.”

UNK Assistant Vice Chancellor for Communications and Community Relations Kelly Bartling tweeted early Monday morning, “No updates yet on the report of person with gun on campus. Police are investigating.”

After the alert was lifted, Bartling tweeted, “Thanks everyone for your concern and caution this morning. I hope you went back to sleep.”

Students took to Twitter as well, one saying, “So they have no location on the gunman situation here at #UNK. Locked up in a room being guarded by the KPD. Sweeps being conducted.”

Another student tweeted before the alert was lifted, “Police have roamed the halls and checked our residence halls, and told us to stay in our rooms.”

Calls to both the Kearney Police Dept. and UNK Police went unanswered.