MU Alert announces possible gun shots, not possible bomb threat
COLUMBIA - MU Police responded to a bomb threat Tuesday night at the Student Center and Memorial Union.
KOMU 8 News received initial reports of a bomb threat around 7:15 p.m.
MU Alert, the university emergency announcement service, confirmed the possible threat on Twitter at 7:26 p.m.
But a few hours later, MU Alert sent out an email, text and tweet about a reported shooting downtown.
KOMU 8 News spoke with Banken at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday about a lack of notification regarding a possible bomb threat at MU's Student Center and Memorial Union. She said when the entire campus is not in danger, they don't want to alarm students.
Around 10:10 p.m., MU Alert sent a text, email and tweet about reported shots fired in downtown Columbia:
Shooting reported near Tenth and Walnut downtown.— MU Alert (@MUalert) April 22, 2015
At 10:30 p.m., MU Alert tweeted the situation was stabilized:
ALL CLEAR - The alert/emergency situation has been resolved. Refer to http://t.co/HcjpmzLqAC for further information.— MU Alert (@MUalert) April 22, 2015
Students have criticized the university's emergency announcement system several times within the last week. MU did not report a fatal shooting in Hitt Street Garage last Wednesday night until after the situation was over and safe. Some people were upset again after receiving phone calls around 3 a.m. Sunday morning about an on-campus robbery.