Student describes scene on IUPUI campus as police search for alleged gunman

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A student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) spoke to Fox59 Tuesday as police searched the campus for a possible gunman.

The student reported she sought shelter in a classroom as soon as she received an emergency alert, stating a man with a “long gun” was spotted on campus and that everyone should seek shelter around 1 p.m.

“Man with long gun seen in lot at Barnhill and Vermont. Seek shelter,” read the alert that was sent to students and staff, as well as posted on the university’s emergency management Twitter account.

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IUPUI students inside building as police search for possible gunman. Photo courtesy of IUPUI student Elaine Feathers

The student said armed police officers later entered the classroom and escorted the students out of the building.

Authorities are searching for a possible armed white man in a trench coach.

Officers searched IUPUI’s School of Nursing in connection with the incident.

IU Health and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health are placed on lockdown. Additionally, Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School was also placed on lockdown due to the incident, but students were released around 2:45 p.m.

At 2:33 p.m., IUPUI announced on their Twitter the campus was still on “full alert.”


  • Think Deeper

    WTF kind of description is that? Hid in a classroom until cops walked you out? Everyone's waiting for details and Fox59 puts an article out titled, "Student Describes Scene…". Geez, didn't even mention whether the floor was tile or carpet!

  • Vera Glover

    Does anyone have a clue where this man maybe now? My daughter is there on campus and I would really like to know.

    • Martin Smith

      It is on the School of Medicine campus (north of Michigan street) where they are searching for the man. They have not located him yet.

  • Aaron

    No news on where he is. I'm in the Herron building, and we're all okay if that helps anyone feel better at all.

  • Dan

    Police haven't even stopped traffic on Riley Hospital drive, which runs pretty close to the parking lot in question and a block over from the nursing building. I'm locked in, but I see lots of normal traffic outside. Tenth street is busy as ever.

    Important to play it safe, but things look okay so far.

    • Vera

      I wish they would catch this person and everything get back to normal, Everyone please my daughter is on campus

      • Dan

        Just got the all clear, FWIW.

        "IUPUI Alert! All Clear is issued regarding the armed individual on campus. Normal campus operations are in effect. Scheduled evening classes are in effect."

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