Purdue's Emergency Notifications Go To IPFW Students, Many Thought Shooter Was In Fort Wayne (VIDEO)

By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 8:17 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - A shooting was reported on the Purdue West Lafayette Campus around noon on Tuesday.

Immediately after, officials at Purdue sent out an emergency alert to students by text.

The message read, "Shooting reported on campus; Avoid area; Shelter in place."

But some students enrolled at IPFW received that warning and thought they needed to take cover in Fort Wayne.

"The first text just said there was a shooter. It didn't specify which campus," said IPFW student, Keith Jenkins.

IPFW officials quickly realized there was confusion among students and sent out another alert about fifteen minutes after the first one.

"We issued a clarification alert to the IPFW campus to make sure that students, faculty, and staff knew that there wasn't an active shooter situation on IPFW's campus," said Chief Communications Officer, Nicole Wilkins.

Wilkins adds that even though the emergency alert system didn't work as smoothly as possible today, it's a tool that all students should have to stay informed and safe.




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