Active shooter reports at Central Washington University were false

CWU President Gaudino

ELLENSBURG, WA.-Central Washington University President, James Gaudino has issued a statement on last night’s reports of an active shooter on Campus.

CWU President Gaudino on Active Shooter Report 2019-02-07

CWU President Gaudino on Active Shooter Report 2019-02-07

Gaudino says the reports were false. The President said the university is providing immediate counseling in the Student Union and Recreation Center for any student. He also noted that campus police and the Ellensburg Police Department would have extra patrols on and around the campus through the rest of the night.

Gaudino said campus police are conducting an investigation regarding the report. The campus will be open for normal operations on Thursday, February 7.

The university in Ellensburg went into lockdown mode at 5:30 Tuesday when a report surfaced of an active shooter at Lind Hall. Campus police were joined by local law enforcement to search the building and the rest of campus. When nothing was discovered, the all-clear was given at 7:30.

“The campus responded quickly and in an appropriate way to this episode, and I am most thankful it turned out to be a false alarm,” said Gaudino.

The university is offering counseling for students and staff with the campus remaining open. However, some classes have been cancelled today at the choice of faculty, with support from administration.

Timeline of events:

“At 5:23 p.m., Kittcomm dispatched campus police to Lind Hall to respond to reports of shots being fired.
At 5:25 p.m., we issued an alert to the entire campus letting anyone on campus know they should remain in place and there was a report of an active shooter in the area of Lind Hall on the CWU Ellensburg campus and to stay out of the area.
At 6:45 p.m., CWU issued a statement saying we are still doing a search of campus buildings and asking students and those on campus to stay in place.
At 6:55, p.m., we issued an additional statement that there were no reports of any injuries at that time.
7:30 p.m., we issued the message that university police reported that all buildings have been secured and the campus is safe and all-clear, and there were no confirmed shots, no known suspects, and no injuries reported.”

James L. Gaudino
CWU President
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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