TULSA - Reports of a shooting on the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus triggered a huge response by the school and law enforcement late Wednesday morning, but it turned out it to be a false report.
OU President David Borne says a teacher reported hearing three gunshots.
OU Campus Police told KRMG moments after messages from the school appeared on Twitter that "there was a loud noise," but the officer added that there was construction in the area, that they had no evidence of actual gunfire, and that no one was hurt.
Several media outlets continued to report a shooting, but by noon KRMG had confirmed that the call was false, and had aired the correct information.
So far, the school has not explained why it sent out a Tweet and posted on its website that a shooting had occurred.
The first reports came on twitter and said:
Shooting on campus. Avoid Gould Hall. Seek immediate shelter in place.
Reports say Norman and OU campus police were notified at 11:17 a.m. and were shutting down parts of the campus including the south oval near Gaylord Memorial Stadium.
A later tweet from @UofOklahoma says; "Please continue to avoid Gould Hall. No new information at this time."
But after reaching out to the school, KRMG received an email from OU spokesperson Catherine Bishop. She stated:
"As of this time, no evidence has been found of any shots being fired. There are no injuries reported at this time. Both the Norman and OU police department have very quickly responded as well as emergency personnel. President Boren is at the scene. Normal campus operations have resumed except for Gould Hall where additional checking is continuing."