Official: University on heightened security alert

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Don Mills said the university is on a heightened security alert today because of an incident at a University of Texas at Austin library.

According to a UT-Austin alert update on the campus website, a suspected gunman fired shots on the UT-Austin campus before he was found dead on the sixth floor of the Perry-Castaneda Library from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Mills said campus police were at a heightened awareness because of the potential for copycats, but that no current threat had been identified on campus.

In the event of the sighting of an active shooter on campus, TCU Police have been trained to isolate the shooter while taking precautions to ensure that no other individuals would be locked in with the shooter, Mills said.

“I know that after the Virginia Tech shooting we talked about it, and that’s when we made sure our officers were trained and ready to stop a shooter,” Mills said.

He said when there is a close connection to a university, like the one between some university students and those at UT-Austin, the university increases awareness and alert level.