Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro issued a statement this morning thanking police and other public safety officials for their swift response to a hoax call of a shooting incident on campus Wednesday.

In his statement, Schapiro wrote:

I am extremely thankful that the report of a man with a gun in Engelhart Hall, which was made in a call to the Evanston Police Department Wednesday, turned out to be a hoax and that no members of our community were harmed. This was unquestionably a frightening incident for all of us.

I would like to thank the University Police Department, the Evanston Police Department and Fire Department and other law enforcement agencies for their swift response to this report. We appreciate deeply their dedication and professionalism. I also thank all the other members of the Northwestern staff who were involved in the emergency response, as well as all of you, the members of the Northwestern community, for your cooperation in an emergency situation.

This incident gave us the opportunity to test our response and our emergency notification processes that are used when receiving a report of an active shooter. We now will do a thorough review of the incident and our response, as we continue to refine our planning and preparedness for these types of incidents. For now, however, I hope that you join me in being grateful that no members of our community were injured. On a day when many of us joined thousands around the country in calling for an end to gun violence, we are particularly thankful that our campus remains safe.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Shooter hoax

    I hope and pray the Evanston Police dept. will look into who it was that made this horrible phone call.

    1. People are messed up
      It used to be a crank call would entail calling the bowling alley, asking if they had 12 pound balls and then laughing when they said yes. Now it’s absolute sickos like whoever did this and that idiot who had the guy in Kansas “swatted.” I hope they’re already in touch with the FBI and they find this idiot and punish him to the fullest extent of the law and try to get restitution because the operation EPD and NU ran yesterday was a substantial endeavor.

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