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May 3 Campus Incident Update

Shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, Saint Louis University’s Department of Public Safety received a report of a male student in Spring Hall with what appeared to be a handgun.

DPS immediately sent out a RAVE alert notifying students, faculty and staff. Officers did a search of the area and were unable to find the student.

All students in Spring Hall were moved to Simon Recreation Center and secured. The campus community was advised to shelter in place.

Shortly after, another call came into DPS reporting shots fired outside of Marchetti Towers.

Both reports were investigated, and authorities found no evidence of shots fired and no injuries.

A person of interest was questioned, and it was determined that they had no involvement in the incident, and they were released. Additional witness interviews led to the identification of a second student of interest who was located and questioned by authorities.

DPS and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department determined that the second student had been carrying a toy gun. No shots were fired; there was not a real handgun on campus.

An all clear has been issued to students, faculty and staff.