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There was no gunman on campus.

Statement from Arkansas State University:

Numerous first responders from the University Police Department, Jonesboro Police Department, Craighead County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police and other law enforcement agencies worked swiftly and cooperatively this afternoon in response to what eventually turned out to be a false alarm on the campus.

Apparently students were filming a video project near the Union, and costumed actors were reported by other students to 911 as possible campus intruders. These students have been located and interviewed by University Police Officers. As a result, it has been confirmed that there was no gunman on campus.

The university immediately put a lockdown in place while the Union and surrounding areas were searched and cleared. The university’s text and email alert system was used to notify students about the situation.

Chancellor Tim Hudson, Vice Chancellor Rick Stripling, and other representatives of the university administration also responded to campus to assist in the crisis response. The university response plan worked perfectly as designed.

No injuries were reported, and normal campus operations have resumed.

The University Police Department will continue to closely monitor the campus this evening as a precautionary measure.

Chancellor Hudson expressed the university’s appreciation to all law enforcement personnel who responded so quickly to the perceived threat.

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ASU Museum to Host Two Mystery Museum Events, Saturday, Oct. 19


JONESBORO – Arkansas State University Museum will host two “Mystery Museum” events on Saturday, Oct. 19: “The Case of the Missing Housewife” (for ages 10 and up) and “After Dark” (for ages 18 and up).

From 3 to 5 p.m., individuals aged 10 years and older will sharpen their detective skills as they investigate and solve “The Case of the Missing Housewife,” an original who-done-it mystery.  Guest detectives will meet and interrogate seven hilarious, though suspicious, characters and follow clues to an astonishing solution!  This is a free event.

From 7 until 9 p.m., visitors aged 18 years and above may join the Museum’s paranormal team for an “After Dark” investigation of ASU Museum.  Believers, skeptics, and those who just don’t know will respectfully join together to view the Museum in a different light.

They will learn about electromagnetic energy and discover whether it is present in the museum galleries and surrounding historical artifacts.  This also is a free event, but preregistration is required.  Interested individuals may call Jill Kary, curator of education at the Museum, (870) 972-2074, to preregister or to get additional information about the Mystery Museum events.

Museum information is available online at http://museum.astate.edu or http://facebook.com/ASUMuseum.  Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.  ASU Museum is closed on Mondays and University holidays.

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