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Report of person with gun on UW campus unfounded, police say

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The UW Police department reports that a situation at the UW law library Wednesday treated as a potential, active shooter situation turned out to be unfounded.

The library was shortly before noon following an unconfirmed report of a man with a gun, according to UW-Madison police.

UW-Madison spokesperson Meredith McGlone says a UW-Madison Law School staff member was told by someone there was a person with a gun in the school's library.  Madison.com reported the gun was described as an AK-47.

UW Officials says police officers established a perimeter around the building and officers searched and cleared the building of any threat.
 

Several UW students at the law school say officers went through the building with guns drawn, ordering an evacuation.  Law school staff member Trina Tinglum says at least one student says she was traumatized by the actions of the officers.  But Tinglum believes the response was correct.  "I'm kind of impressed by how fast things went,"  Tinglum says.  "I would say the fire alarm was going off within a minute of time."  But Tinglum was in her office when the evacuation began, and did not see online and text alert notifications, and only began leaving when she spotted students sprinting for building exits.

UW officials provide no information at this time on the person who conveyed the perception of an armed threat in the building to the law school staff member.

UW officials says there's an Active Shooter Response Guide to educate about response protocols available at:  http:/uwpd.wis.edu/staying-safe/active-shooter/

Here's the notification on the end of the brief period of panic and evacuation:

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