Ann Arbor, Mich (WJBK) - Mass chaos in Ann Arbor on University of Michigan’s campus after reports of shots fired at Mason Hall.
“It was surreal it was like in a movie or something,” Shawna Macurio said.
People scrambling everywhere, a vigil on campus for the New Zealand Mosque shooting interrupted.
“I saw cops coming out of the cop cars literally sprinting towards the building,” Macurio said.
The University put out a tweet around 5 o’clock warning of an active shooter and telling people to Run, Hide and Fight.
My roomie texted me there was a guy with a gun in Mason Hall and I was in the hall next door,” student Srdjan Cvjeticinin said.
Students barricaded themselves taking cover as police put Mason Hall and its adjoining buildings on lockdown.
They knocked on the door there was a giant gun staring me in the face and they said put your hands up and I did and they told me to put my hands up I did and they escorted us out,” Cvjeticinin said.
“We did have people in the building that stayed in the building the whole time that did what we trained them to do,” Deputy Chief Melissa Overton said with University of Michigan Public Safety.
About an hour of unknown, then police confirm the reports were unfounded, no shooter.
“We have cleared all of the buildings and found no evidence of an active shooter situation,” Overton said.
This false alarm blamed on about a dozen girl’s popping balloons and screaming causing hysteria. Investigators don’t know yet if they were intentionally trying to scare people.
“We are still interviewing several people that may have been involved in that situation,” Overton said.
The response massive, police searched every single room until giving the all clear just before 8 o’clock.
“I think it was appropriate for what they thought the situation was I’m happy to see that they respond in a big way and take it seriously,” Marcurio said.
Head of U of M Public Safety says her officers ironically just had active shooter training last week.
“You can never be too cautious and if it were a valid or active situation this is the response I would have liked to see,” Overton said.
During this active shooter scare, no officers and no students were hurt. The thing on everyone’s mind is if those girls were intentionally trying to scare people or if they were doing something they didn’t think through.
More answers to come in a few days.