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University holds press conference on Homecoming gun shots

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Troy University held a press conference at 2 p.m. today concerning gun shots heard around midnight on campus. The conference followed up a statement released by the University this morning.

“Gunshots were fired outside of Sartain Hall at the Troy Campus, after midnight on Sunday, Oct. 16,” the statement said. “There were no injuries reported. An event sponsored by Omega Psi Phi fraternity was being held inside Sartain Hall at this time.”

Dean of Student Services Herbert Reeves said there were no confirmed reports of shots at Fraternity Row.

“When the initial shots were fired, people went behind Hawkins (Hall) down toward Fraternity Row to get away from Sartain,” Reeves said. “There was a call that came from down around Fraternity Row there had been shots fired.”

City of Troy Chief of Police Randall Barr said there were multiple reports of gun shots, both on and off campus. He said about half of the calls his department received in the last 24 hours occurred between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. this morning.

“We had some officers that heard some gunfire, but couldn’t tell exactly where it was coming from,” Barr said.

Barr said the gun shots created “a panic,” making it difficult to reach the scene in some cases. He also said there was one report of an injury at Troy Medical Center, but that the victim would not cooperate with police and could not give any info.

“We’re glad overall that no one was seriously injured,” Barr said.

A video of the incident was posted to Facebook, but it has since been deleted. The video was of a fight outside Sartain, before about 14 gun shots are heard nearby, and the crowd dissipating in a panic.

A half hour after midnight, the Troy University SOS system confirmed the reports and alerted students to remain inside. An hour later, the SOS system gave the all clear.