A suspect at the University of Colorado has reportedly been shot in the stairwell of Champions Center, the Buffalos’ main athletic facility, after police responded to a man inside of a building armed with a machete.
Around 9:00 A.M. local time, a text message was sent to the CU police that a man was armed with a machete was running around the north side of CU-Boulder’s Folsom Field building. Dispatchers sent out an alert to people inside that area that they should shelter in place. Around 20 minutes later, police reported “shots fired,” and then confirmed that the suspect was down in one of the building’s stairwells.
The suspect is currently in custody.
Students are reporting that a campus-wide message was sent at 9:30 A.M., meaning that there was a full 30 minutes between the start and end of the situation. Here’s a reaction from a Reddit user who’s “currently on campus.”
I’m currently on campus and the scene seems to be relatively calm. What is discouraging though is that the Daily Camera reports that the 911 text came in to police just after 9 am, but students and staff weren’t sent an alert until 9:30 am. The alert said, “take appropriate protective action.” Honestly, what does that even mean? Should we shelter in place? Should we not go outside? Should we just not go near the Champion center? The University/CU Boulder Police could have been a little bit more specific in what type of action/or inaction students and staff should have taken.
Who Was Involved?
Information regarding the identity of the suspect is still being withheld by police.
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