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UCF police give all clear after reports of gunwoman in library

Library evacuated after report of gunwoman posted on social media

Courtesy: Twitter.com/UCFKnightNews
Courtesy: Twitter.com/UCFKnightNews

ORLANDO, Fla. – Police at the University of Central Florida have given the all clear after they received an unconfirmed report of a gunwoman at the main campus library on Tuesday afternoon that was posted on social media.

The alert posted on UCF's website just before 4 p.m. Tuesday read, "*UCF ALERT**UCF ALERT* POSSIBLE MIDDLE EASTERN GUN MAN/WOMAN IN UCF MAIN CAMPUS LIBRARY. AVOID THE AREA!"

The John C. Hitt Library was evacuated and locked down until just before 5 p.m. Officers have not confirmed any person with a weapon, according to UCF officials.

Police urged students to avoid the area while they investigated the claims.

"We're responding to unconfirmed social media reports and we have officers in the building clearing it right now," said UCFPD Chief Richard Beary. "We hope to have the building open in the very near future."

UCF police said in a tweet that officers were responding to the library in reference to a person with a gun. Police later said they received a social media report of a gunwoman at the library and that prompted the library to be locked down.

"All UCFPD hands on deck at the Library as we respond to social media post about gunwoman," UCF Police said in a tweet.

Video and pictures from the scene showed students gathered outside of the library.

Authorities said they encourage anyone who sees suspicious activity to call 911.

UCF police with apparent assault rifles clearing students from library area. @foxnewsdesk pic.twitter.com/WhNXxNNCJ3

— UCF Knight News (@UCFKnightNews) April 26, 2016