INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, March 19. THE IUPUI campus, the site of the NCAA Men's and Women's Division I Championships during the next week-and-a-half, is currently on lockdown due to “a man with what may be a long gun” being seen in one of the parking lots according to WISH-TV.
The parking lot was lot 59, and the school is “asking student, employees, and anyone in the area to seek shelter. The school says all buildings are on lockdown. They are asking people to avoid campus.”
This means that all swimmers currently at the facility in preparation for the meet are not going to be leaving the IU Natatorium any time soon.
The IndyStar, meanwhile, has reported that no shots have been fired and that “police are looking for a white man wearing a brown trench coat who got out of a green car.”
Swimming World's staff photographer Peter H. Bick is currently at the IU Natatorium, and under lockdown. He arrived just as the lockdown is in place, and has explained that no one is being allowed out of their locked-down locations. He is currently in an office in the building, while he has been told swimmers have been locked down in the lockerrooms.
IUPUI sophomore swimmer Tony Carroll also reports that swimmers are currently in full lock down at the IU Natatorium, according to his Twitter account post.
– Tony Carroll (@tonyjbrony) March 19, 2013
Multiple NCAA titlist Liv Jensen of California reported via Twitter that everyone is “secure and safe” at the IU Nat, as they wait out the lockdown.
– Liv Jensen (@LeafyLiv) March 19, 2013
According to several local media outlets, including the IndyStar and WISH-TV, police have the Nursing building surrounded. This building is about two blocks northwest of the IU Natatorium.
– Indianapolis Star (@indystar) March 19, 2013
As of 3:50 p.m. Eastern, IUPUI is still on full alert. However, most teams are at their hotels.
#IUPUI is still on full alert. Police continue to search campus for potential armed individual. We will continue to share all info we have.
– IUPUI (@IUPUI) March 19, 2013
With the lockdown still in full effect as of 4:20 p.m. Eastern, teams are now finding alternative locations to get some last minute swims in.
Due to lock down we will resort to an alternative pool for practice. #ncaas13
– Olivia Scott (@Olive8692) March 19, 2013
– Brett Hawke (@BrettHawke) March 19, 2013
Florida Gator Elizabeth Beisel, always good for a laugh, injected some humor into the situation.
Due to the lockdown the lady gators will be using their connections at the embassy suites and will swim in the lobby fountain for workout
? Elizabeth Beisel ⚓ (@ebeisel34) March 19, 2013
Towson is back at the hotel safe-and-sound after the lockdown.
Kait,Jenny and myself are safe and back at hotel after 2.5 hour lockdown in pool bathroom.Ready for fast swimming!
– TU Swimming & Diving (@Towson_SWIMDIVE) March 19, 2013
About five hours after the lockdown was announced, IUPUI announced an All Clear.
This is the real, official, trusted “all clear” message! All clear. Now returning campus to normal operations.
— IUPUI (@IUPUI) March 19, 2013