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Police: Area secure after altercation at SIUC

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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Department of Public Safety is investigating an emergency at Lawson Hall.

According to Rae Goldsmith, SIUC spokesperson, there was evidence of an altercation but no confirmed reports of an active gunman.

In a press conference on Friday night, Goldsmith said they received reports of shots fired after a student event at Lawson Hall on campus.

Police say they received the phone call shortly before 9 p.m.

Goldsmith said there was a student group and that they're looking into what group that was and the nature of the event.

"We don't have evidence yet that there were gunshots," Goldsmith said. "There was evidence of an altercation. We don't have anybody injured that we know of."

Goldsmith said there was some evidence of a fight, in terms of blood, in the area, but they don't have anything more than that, anything that suggests there was a gunshot.

She said the police are continuing to investigate.

According to police, the campus is open, but they are asking people to stay away from the Lawson Hall area at this time.

Goldsmith said Lawson Hall will be closed until police decide it is clear.

She said they take all reports seriously and believe they still have a safe campus.

"This is the nature of a college campus," she said. "We care a lot about what people report. We take it seriously. Sometimes it doesn't turn out to be true, sometimes we have reports that we don't understand quite yet, but we continue to believe we have a safe campus here at SIU."

At about 10:20 p.m. SIUC police tweeted that the area was secure and the remainder of the campus was open. They said police were still on the scene at Lawson Hall.

At around 9:45 p.m., police tweeted there was no confirmation of gun shots. They were continuing to investigate.

According to the department at around 9:15 p.m., there was a possible armed gunman at large.

The department reported shots might have been fired. They were urging everyone to evacuate the area immediately.

Anyone with information is asked to call SIUC police at 618-453-3771.

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