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April 10, 2015

Shots fired triggers locksdown, alert at Burt Elementary and APSU on Thursday

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Modified lockdowns at Burt Elementary School and a campus-wide APSU alert were in effect Thursday as reports of shots fired around in Lincoln Home filtered in to 911.

The’shots fired report occurred at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday, just north or APSU. There was no specific crime scene, according to CPD spokesperson Natalie Hall, who added that a grey vehicle with several suspects wearing white shirts and black shorts fled the location.

Anyone with information about the gunfire should call Clarksville Police at 648-0656, or the APSU Police Department at 221-7786.

An hour later at 1:50 p.m. campus police were informed that a vehicle parked in the Foy Center parking lot seemed to have windows broken by apparent gunshots. The Foy Center reported no gunshots fired to to the damaged car being discovered.

At 7 p.m. the campus was calm with no further incidents.

The Campus Safety Office issued the following safety tips.

•Immediately report suspicious persons loitering around university facilities.
•If you become the victim of a crime, do not try to physically detain or apprehend the suspect. Report the incident immediately to the APSU Police Department at 911 or (931) 221-7786.
•Always walk/jog/bike in groups in well-lit and well-traveled areas. If you do not wish to walk alone, you can request an escort from the APSU Police Department.
•Scan the area before you leave or approach your vehicle or building.
•Have your key/access card ready in hand to quickly access the door of your vehicle or building.
•If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant. If they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number, if possible.
•Lock doors and windows of your room and building. Do not prop open doors or let strangers in.

Lincoln Homes, which houses a large population of elderly and handicapped residents along with a family population, are advised to use similar safety protocols, included having keys to cars and apartments readily at hand, observing your surroundings, taking down unknown vehicle license plates, lock doors and winds and do not prop open doors or windows, report suspicious activity.

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