Multiple shots fired on campus late Tuesday night

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An individual has approached the WKU Police Department with information about gunshots that were fired late Tuesday night and shell casings have been found on campus, according to the WKU Police Department.

Bowling Green Police Department public information officer Ronnie Ward said witnesses reported multiple shots being fired from a parking structure on WKU’s campus around 11 p.m. Ward could not confirm which parking structure it was, but said it was likely Parking Structure 1. Ward said witnesses also saw multiple people running near campus after the shots were fired, but could not confirm where they were running.

The Bowling Green Police Department does not have any possible suspects and there were no reported injuries, according to Ward.

The WKU Police Department arrived later to assist with the investigation, but nothing of evidential significance was discovered, according to WKU Police Department public information officer Tim Gray.

Both Ward and Gray said there was no evidence of an altercation that could have possibly led to shots being fired.

Gray confirmed that an individual approached the WKU Police Department with more information on Wednesday about the shooting and shell casings were found on College Heights Boulevard.

Employees at the Registry said nothing occurred on their property, and they had no information about the incident.

Louisville senior Kendall Piscitelli lives in Building D at the Registry, closest to the railroad tracks, and said he was in his apartment when he heard four to five gunshots fired.

“There was gunshots … what else could it have been?” Piscitelli said. “Pretty much I was 100 percent positive.”

Piscitelli said he and his roommates went out onto their balcony but didn’t see anything. He said his neighbors saw someone running near campus, but didn’t know if it was related.

Piscitelli said police officers then arrived at the Registry and began looking near the train tracks.

“You could smell the gunpowder in the air,” Piscitelli said. “It was strong.”

Piscitelli said he later received a text from the Registry saying that “the incident did not involve the Registry.”

Owensboro senior Krista Newton also lives in Building D at the Registry, and said she was getting ready to go to sleep around 11 p.m. when she heard three gunshots. Newton said she lives at the end of the building, closest to the road, and the gunshots sounded very close.

“It literally sounded like it was right outside my window,” Newton said.

Newton said she had “no doubt about it … it was gunshots.”

Newton said she called 911 and a few minutes later, police officers arrived at the apartment complex. Newton said she also saw officers from the WKU Police Department searching on University Boulevard.

Students also confirmed the incident on Twitter. Ben Fiegs and Cameron Tutt, both McCormack Hall residents, tweeted about the incident.

{{tncms-inline account=”Cameron Tutt” html=”<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Yep, it was 5 gunshots. I'm in McCormack facing the tracks, I had the windows open and it sounded like they were right outside the dorm.</p>— Cameron Tutt (@Klln4mny) <a href="">October 18, 2017</a></blockquote>” id=”″ type=”twitter”}}

{{tncms-inline account=”Ben Fiegs” html=”<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I’m in McCormack facing away with windows open but heard them like it was right outside my window</p>— Ben Fiegs (@BMF56) <a href="">October 18, 2017</a></blockquote>” id=”″ type=”twitter”}}

Many students expressed concern that WKU did not send an alert text until an hour after the incident was reported. The incident occurred around 11 p.m., but students did not receive an alert until after midnight.

Kimberly Davidson pointed out that Joe Imel, director of media operations at the Bowling Green Daily News who tweets what he hears on the police scanner, was the first to alert people of what had happened.

{{tncms-inline account=”kimberly davidson” html=”<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thanks <a href="">@joeimel</a> for alerting WKU students before <a href="">@wku</a> could!</p>— kimberly davidson (@kim19982012) <a href="">October 18, 2017</a></blockquote>” id=”″ type=”twitter”}}

Emma Austin contributed reporting.

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