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WKU official: Fights, not gunshots, caused a stir

Two fights at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green Wednesday afternoon caused the university to cancel classes for the day and temporarily evacuate a building.

Initially, reports swirled that gunmen had entered a building at the university's south campus and shots had been fired. But media relations director Bob Skipper said no witnesses have reported seeing weapons or hearing shots fired.

Skipper said there was a fight at south campus between 11 and 11:30 a.m. CDT, which was reported to campus police. During the investigation, police received a call from a teacher who said a student reported seeing men with weapons walking down a hallway. Campus police interviewed witnesses to the fight, and no one reported seeing weapons.

Then there was another fight on the main campus at Pearce Ford Tower, Skipper said. He said one person was taken to an area hospital with injuries, possibly a broken arm.

The building at south campus was evacuated but has reopened. A text message alert, which went out to students about 12:30 p.m., warned them to stay inside.

Skipper said he did not know who was involved in the fights or whether they were related.

Skipper said classes have been canceled "just because of the confusion."

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