The University of Arizona Police Department investigated a report Thursday afternoon that there was a man in the Cherry Street garage with a rifle. UAPD immediately responded, secured the area and conducted a thorough search of the garage, McKale Memorial Center and the immediate area. No gunman was found. An all-clear was issued later in the afternoon.
UAPD plans to follow up with the person who called in the report, said Joe Bermudez, UAPD's crime prevention specialist.
Here is a timeline of the UAlert messages that were sent on Thursday:
2:50 p.m. – Avoid area of McKale Garage, report of Hispanic male, dark clothing, backpack & rifle on 1st level of garage.
2:56 p.m. – Police on scene at McKale/Cherry Garage. Subject described as Hispanic male/6'/175 lbs/Black T-shirt/shorts/backpack/rifle. Avoid area
3:09 p.m. – Individual reported with rifle not located by police search @ garage. McKale/Cherry garage is open for use.
3:21 p.m. – Subject reported w/ gun NOT found during police search of McKale/Cherry Garage and immediate area. ALL CLEAR
UAPD reminds members of the campus community to report suspicious activity and to subscribe to UAlert to receive notices about situations on campus. To sign up, visit http://cert.arizona.edu/ualert.