Last updated 10:43PM ET
December 12, 2017
WIUM Local
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Threat Investigated at WIU
WIU President Al Goldfarb (left) and OPS Director Bob Fitzgerald during Wednesday's news conference.
(wium) - The Office of Public Safety (OPS) at Western Illinois University and Macomb Police are investigating a threat regarding a shooting on campus that was received at an off-campus apartment complex sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday.

OPS Director Bob Fitzgerald says an employee of an apartment complex near campus reported receiving a handwritten note in the complex's payment drop-box that indicated there would be a shooting on the WIU campus Wednesday (March 26).

Residence halls are locked and accessible only by residents with keys. Students who wished to remain in their residence halls and apartments were not penalized for missing classes on Wednesday.

"While this is an anonymous off-campus threat, it is imperative that we take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our students, staff and faculty," noted WIU President Al Goldfarb.

Police patrol, including assistance from the Illinois State Police, Macomb Police Department and the McDonough County Sheriff's Department, has been increased and is highly present on the WIU-Macomb campus, Fitzgerald said. Any unusual or suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the Office of Public Safety by calling 9-1-1 from any campus phone or 298-1949. There are also 51 emergency callboxes located throughout campus.

Goldfarb added the University is working with Macomb Police in an effort to find the person or persons responsible for the threat.

"We are investigating this incident, and we will prosecute the individual responsible to the fullest extent of the law," Goldfarb said.

The note was discovered around 8:30 a.m. WIU issued notice via its Emergency Alert System about an hour later.

WIU held a news conference to answer questions about the threat. You can listen to it by clicking on the audio button.

Additional information:

The university says it will return to its regular operating schedule on Thursday March 27 at 8:00 a.m. The heightened police presence will remain on campus throughout the day.

Crimestoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest. President Al Goldfarb and his wife Elaine are donating an additional $1,000 and Campus Apartments has also donated $1,000 to Crimestoppers.
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