Alert Update: Campus Shooter Confirmed Dead; No Other Injuries Reported

Updated at 3:12 p.m.:

Message from the President:

I am grateful to our campus community for the way it responded to the emergency that took place at Perry-Castañeda Library this morning. The University Police Department and the Austin Police Department responded quickly and professionally. Law enforcement teams from multiple agencies worked together to ensure that the entire campus was safe.

I want to thank our faculty, staff and students for their cooperation and vigilance. Our emergency communications system reached thousands of members of the university community promptly and helped keep the campus informed.

I extend my sympathy to the family, friends and classmates of the young student who took his life. In the days ahead we will attempt to understand his actions and to learn from this tragedy. We invite those who would like counseling services to contact the Counseling and Mental Health Center (for students) or the Employee Assistance Program (for staff and faculty).

I know that this has been a stressful experience for everyone on the campus. I appreciate the cooperation we received from students, faculty, staff and their families in responding to this difficult situation.


Bill Powers

Updated at 1:35 p.m.:

Message from Parking and Transportation Services:

The UT shuttle service away from campus will end at 2:30 p.m. today, Sept. 28. Read more about shuttle departures.

Regular Capital Metro mainline service has resumed normal activity on and around campus.

No inbound UT shuttle service will be available to campus for the remainder of the day. Regular shuttle service will resume on schedule Wednesday morning, Sept. 29.

Updated at 12:06 p.m.:

Message from the President:

As we secure the main campus, continue to follow instructions from the UT Police regarding when you may leave your building. These instructions will be provided through official communications channels.

Once the occupants of a building have been informed they may leave, those students, faculty and staff are free to go home -- with the exception of those employees who work in critical services. Classes for today are canceled and will resume tomorrow, Sept. 29. Employees will receive paid emergency leave.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Bill Powers

Updated at 9:52 a.m.:

Message from the President:

In the interest of keeping you up to date on the current emergency, I want you to know the campus remains locked down. All students, faculty, staff and visitors should stay indoors and continue to follow instructions (from loudspeakers, e-mail, text messages and uniformed police officers). You will be notified when the situation becomes stable.

The armed suspect is dead. No other injuries have been reported.

All organized classes for today, Sept. 28, are canceled.

Please continue to monitor e-mail and the university's home page for updates.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Bill Powers

Call the hot line at 1-866-657-9400 for more information on today's events.

Updated at 9:37 a.m.:

The person involved in this morning's shooting on campus has been confirmed dead on the sixth floor of the Perry-Castañeda Library from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

No other injuries have been reported.

The university's alert system warned students, faculty and staff to stay in place or off campus. The alert system includes the emergency siren and loud speaker system on campus, emergency text messages and online communications.

For more information, follow the university's Emergency page online at and the university's home page at