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SMU in brief lockdown following reports of active shooter

SMU was in lockdown this morning from 9:06 a.m. to 9:16 a.m. following a reported active shooter on campus seen at Airline Road and Dyer Street about a half hour beforehand.

Students were sent emails, texts and calls warning them of the shooter. Provost Paul Ludden sent students an email notice that arrangements would be made to retake final exams that were interrupted by the lockdown. Students in buildings on campus were told to hide in closets and under tables away from windows.

Dallas Police and Executive Director of SMU News and Communications Kent Best confirmed that the suspect was taken into custody in front of Jason’s Deli on Mockingbird Lane, one block East of campus. The only weapons found on him were two pocketknives. There were no reported injuries.

Dallas Police said in a statement that at about 6:00 a.m. this morning they were dispatched to the 6000 block of Melody lane to deal with a man who was reported to be suicidal. When they arrived at the location a suicide note was discovered which indicated that the man was a potential danger to himself and others. 

SMU and Stonewall Jackson Elementary were placed in lockdown shortly afterward before the suspect was arrested at approximately 9:10 am and the lockdown was lifted shortly afterward.

More updates to come as they become available.

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