Armed gunman locks down Austin, TX library
POSTED: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 8:14am
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 10:03am
AUSTIN (KXAN) - The search for the second suspect in Tuesday morning's incident at the University of Texas continues, as armored vehicles and helicopters surround the scene on campus. Oscar Trevino said his daughter, Martina, is a University of Texas employee and was on her way to work when she saw the gunman behind her as he fired shots.
"She took off running, tripped and sprained her ankle," said Trevino.
Trevino said Martina is OK and has texted him throughout the morning, saying she is very shaken up. He said he is worried about his daughter calming down and "getting her head back together" and that he has not asked her any questions so she won't get details confused and will be able to talk to police and the university as needed.
"I just thank God she's fine," said Trevino.
Austin police had her and others in the basement of the Perry-Castaneda Library and were moving them by bus to police headquarters. The University of Texas Police Deparment, Austin Police Department and SWAT are all on campus. The area at 21st Street and Speedway Avenue looks like a war zone, with armored vehicles and weapons swarming that area.
The first gunman entered the PCL at the UT campus with a semiautomatic weapon and fired off some shots before shooting himself. UT Public Information Officer Rhonda Weldon said he is dead. There is a second suspect authorities are looking for, though they are not sure if that person is armed. They are not sure of the person's identity, and they don't know if the person is a student.
They are trying to get more information. There are no other injuries reported. An ambulance could be seen just before 9 a.m. Tuesday in front of the library with its sirens on, though no people were coming out of the library. Police have the entire scene covered, and students were seen exiting the exhibition hall neighboring the library.
The library is located on 21st Street and Speedway Avenue and is just across the largest dormitory on campus, Jester Residence Hall. It also across from the Gregory Gym and the Red McCombs School of Business. Students and staff are asked to stay where they are and are being asked not to enter campus if they are not already there.
Students who live on campus are being asked to stay inside the building, and the campus is on lockdown. The UT website said the university is closed, and classes have been officially canceled.