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UNK students share fears after late night lockdown
UNK was on lockdown for several hours after a man reported he was on campus with a loaded firearm and was going to shoot himself.
An emergency alert was issued at the University of Nebraska Kearney Sunday night around 11:30 pm. Since then the alert has been cancelled. That happened at 2:30 am Monday morning.
Sgt. Dennis Burn of Buffalo County Law Enforcement says early this morning they did question and interview a man.
That individual has been released. Police did not provide any further information. They say the investigation is ongoing but the incident has students worried.
"It was scary at first just getting the call at 11:00 at night," said Skyler Jorgensen.
"You hear about all those other school shootings so it was just scary to come to class kind of just not knowing," Taylor Reed said.
Sunday night around 11:30 pm a man made a startling call to police which led to a campus wide lockdown.
The phone call was made here at the on campus emergency phone. The male suspect called to say that he had a loaded firearm and was going to shoot himself.
Students and staff also reported hearing gun shots on Monday around 2:30 am.
"There was a report of a large booming noise on the north edge of campus and it's unidentified at this point, but again with that situation police are looking to see who might have information about what the noise was," said Assistant Vice Chancellor of Communications Kelly Bartling.
Law enforcement checked buildings and dorms for three hours and determined there were no ongoing threats.
"We have increased security to provide that level of assurance that students are looking for and the investigation will continue until we find out whose responsible for making the call," said Bartling.
While activity at the UNK campus remains calm students attended their classes with caution.
"Just telling me to go back and do what I was doing normally... I just got a phone call three hours ago saying there's possibly someone with a loaded gun on campus so coming back to school this morning it did make me kind of nervous. I was little bit more watchful than I would have been normally," Aaron Hughes said.
"I definitely had second thoughts of going to class if I wouldn't have had tests today I probably would of thought a little harder about it," said Jorgensen.
Sgt. Dennis Byrne of Buffalo County Law Enforcement says at 7:30 Monday morning another call was made,
A man said he was being held hostage by people with weapons.
That was the same man police questioned in regards to the campus incident.
Sgt. Byrne told News 5 he was released and the investigation is ongoing.
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