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All clear: No gunman found at UA

Man with rifle reported in Admin Building just before 5 p.m.

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No gunman was found and the University of Arizona campus has been reopened after a report of a man with a rifle and shots fired in the Administration Building led to evacuation of two buildings and the closure of the Mall

No one was injured, and there was no evidence a shooting had taken place.

UA and Tucson police searched the building "floor-to-floor, room-to-room," said UAPD's Officer Joe Bermudez.

After the area was sealed off for over three hours, no gunman was found by police and the seven-story Admin building was cleared, the UA's alert system said just after 9 p.m.

A caller to 911 reported at 4:52 p.m. that a man armed with a rifle was in the building, and that shots had been fired. Several other 911 calls were received, Bermudez said.

The initial caller said "there was a male with a gun strapped to his chest and carrying a rifle," Bermudez told reporters several hours into the incident. "The caller also said a shooting in the Administration Building had occurred and asked where the police were."

UA and Tucson police blocked access to the Mall area, and evacuated the Admin building and and the neighboring Modern Languages building. Custodial staff were allowed to to return to continue working in Modern Languages after about an hour.

The Admin and Modern Languages buildings were ordered evacuated just before 6 p.m., after having been locked down after the 911 calls.

UA and TPD officers, some with weapons at the ready, entered the building to perform the search between 5 and 6 p.m. while others cordoned off the Mall in front of the building.

A SWAT team, police dogs and a bomb squad were on the scene, Bermudez said.

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Mar 22, 2013, 8:54 pm
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@bimbeau

Between 5-5:15 p.m., I saw plenty of other TPD patrol cars going about their normal business as I drove to the UA.

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Mar 22, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Hmmm.. I wonder what heist was perpetrated while all the law enforcement was concentrated around the Mall after someone called in a, “Shooter Sighting,” just to get them all there?  Ever watch the movies?

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UA and Tucson police cordoned off the Mall area for several hours after a report of a man with a rifle in the Administration Building on Friday.

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