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UC Santa Barbara police check report of gunman on campus but don't find one [Updated]

October 19, 2009 |  4:28 pm

UC Santa Barbara was on lockdown for part of the this afternoon as police checked out reports of a gunman on campus. [Updated at 5:28 p.m.: A search of the campus found no threat of weapons or sign of a suspect. Students are allowed to return to class, according to campus police.]

The officials were searching South Hall, which houses liberal arts and humanities courses. An alert by the UCSB police stressed that it's unclear if there is a gunman on campus but that as the search continues, all students, faculty and workers on campus should "shelter in place."

A command post has been established on campus, and the university police were getting help from outside law enforcement, notably the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.

"If you are away from South Hall, stay away," the alerts said.

According to a sheriff's source, the incident began after 3 p.m.

-- Andrew Blankstein