No suspect, evidence found after potential shooting report

A report of a potential shooting Tuesday night turned out to be unfounded, GW’s top safety official said.

Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security Darrell Darnell said in an email Wednesday that a student reported to the University Police Department shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday that he saw a man whom he thought was holding a gun near 20th and F Streets. The student told UPD that the man was walking toward F Street in front of Francis Scott Key Hall and seemed wounded, Darnell said.

GW then issued an alert at 11:25 p.m. telling students and community members on the Foggy Bottom campus stay indoors and avoid the area.

UPD and Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to the scene, interviewed the witness and asked for a description of the man, searched the area and inspected security camera footage from the area, Darnell said.

“Finding no evidence of a shooting or a suspect in the area matching the witness description, GWPD issued an all clear notice to allow the GW community to return to normal activity,” he said. “We appreciate that our community member saw something and said something, which enabled us to properly investigate a potential harmful situation.”

Darnell said that GW sends out the alerts after the University receives a report of an incident that could be an “ongoing threat that may affect the safety of the GW community.”

“During these situations, information changes quickly and the university provides updates with the most accurate information it has until the incident is resolved,” Darnell said.

MPD spokesman Hugh Carew said MPD responded to the call of an armed person and investigated the incident.

“Nothing was found,” he said.

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