AU Alert: Emergency Notification

University Announcement


Dec 11, 2013 10:32 PM


At approximately 7:55 p.m,. American University Public Safety received a citizen’s report of a man with a gun on an AU shuttle bus. An AU emergency alert was sent immediately putting the campus on lockdown while Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and AU Public Safety investigated. A photo was distributed by AU Public Safety which brought several leads and eventual identification of the individuals in the photo.

No crime was committed. MPD confirms that one of the individuals in the photo is an off-duty police officer. The individual in question is not an AU Public Safety officer.

"American University thanks the entire AU community for their cooperation during this incident. Every student is safe tonight. In this case, someone saw something and said something. The system worked," said Camille Lepre, assistant vice president of communication.

Dec 11, 2013 9:25 PM

AU Alert: ALL CLEAR. Campus is all clear, the lockdown is lifted. Campus may resume normal operations. Suspect in custody.

Dec 11, 2013 8:55 PM

In regards to claims that there is an active shooter on campus, American University's Department of Public Safety wants people to know that a citizen reported to campus police that they saw a man with a gun.

Dec 11, 2013 8:31 PM

AU Alert: Metropolitan Police and AU Public Safety continue to search for a man with a gun. Continue to shelter in place. Posted 8:30pm

Dec 11, 2013 8:29 PM

AU and DC police are on scene investigating the report of a man with a gun on campus. Continue to shelter in place. Further information to follow. Posted 8:04pm

Dec 11, 2013 8:28 PM

Man with gun seen on campus. Campus is in lockdown. Shelter in place. More to follow. Posted: 7:56pm