There were some tense moments on the George Washington University campus last night, after reports that a gunman was inside the school's library building sent students scrambling around 11 p.m.
A University spokesperson tells the Associated Press the U.S. Secret Service had originally reported the sighting of a man with a gun heading toward the university's Foggy Bottom campus from the vicinity of the White House. Emergency texts and email messages were sent to students shortly before 10 p.m., but the campus was not locked down.
About an hour later, the students in Gelman Library reported to police that someone changing clothes matched the gunman's description. After a 30-minute search, the library was given the all-clear.
No gunman was found by campus police or secret service agents. George Washington University has high security because its campus is totally urban, with classrooms, offices, meeting facilities and dorms located on District streets. The library is a few blocks away from the White House, the old executive office building, and the World Bank.