Update 4:44 p.m.: University police identified the suspicious suspect and the scene was cleared at 1:50 this afternoon. The suspsct was wearing a black shirt depicting a gun and a camouflage patterned backpack which caused the initial suspicion, according to San Luis Obispo Police Department Police Chief Deanna Cantrell.
Original Post: University Police Department (UPD) received a call this morning regarding a suspicious person in Robert E. Kennedy Library. UPD conducted a search of the library that yielded no suspects, and no arrests have been made.
University police officers responded to a report of a suspicious individual or armed student within Kennedy Library at approximately 10 a.m., according to university spokesperson Jay Thompson. The threat was cleared about 15 minutes after the initial call when UPD was unable to find the individual.
Dean of Library Services Anna Gold said library staff were told to shelter in place until the threat was cleared at 10:15 this morning. However, Thompson said reports of library staff being told to shelter in place are untrue. Reports of an armed student were also untrue, according to Thompson.
There is no current state of emergency on campus, according to UPD.
The murder-suicide this morning at UCLA was an unfortunate coincidence with the events this morning, Thompson said, and may have fueled fear and rumors.
The California Highway Patrol, San Luis Obispo Police Department and San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department were unaware of the incident.
Leah Horner contributed to this article.