Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson just officially confirmed that one shot was fired in a men’s bathroom in McDonough. No one was injured, but authorities made the decision to hold students in the building for a few minutes after the event.
Olson confirmed that the suspect was apprehended on Village C West and that no shots were fired there. The suspect is a male Georgetown student and is currently in MPD custody.
Update 3:15 a.m. According to Leigh Finnegan, a Voice leisure writer and resident of Village C West, a freshman student from San Diego, CA who lives on the third floor of VCW, drunkenly took a handgun from an officer during Midnight Madness.
A weapon was discharged in the men’s bathroom of McDonough Gymnasium, according to Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson.
The drunk student then allegedly returned to the third floor of VCW where he was apprehended by DPS, according to Finnegan.
Concerned students from VCW notified DPS about the student with the weapon, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
The source said the gun was taken from a female officer with a federal agency, possibly the Park Police. The gun was made by Heckler and Koch, the source explained, and added that the high-quality firearm could be devastating in the wrong hands.
Vice President Olson had no comment about the type of weapon or whether it belonged to a federal employee.
DPS released an advisory about the incident early this morning, the full text of which can be found after the jump.
Update 11:00 a.m. Vox just obtained the MPD arrest log, which shows that Georgetown student Alex Thiele was booked at 12:30 a.m. for possession of a handgun without a license.
Reporting by Eric Pilch and Will Sommer. Photos by George D’Angelo.
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
At approximately 10:30 pm last night during the Midnight Madness event in McDonough Gym, a report was made of a gunshot in the building. DPS officers working the event responded to one of the men’s restrooms and found evidence that a gun had been discharged in that room. There were no injuries to any individuals and no evidence that any individual was being targeted. DPS and MPD officers immediately responded to the scene and began searching the gym and surrounding area for suspect(s).
Officers quickly identified a possible suspect and recovered the handgun involved in the incident. MPD has arrested the suspect, a Georgetown student, who was removed from campus and taken into custody. MPD is conducting a follow up investigation. Police tell us this appears to be an isolated incident and there is no continuing threat to the university community.
As you know, we take the safety and security of our campus community very seriously and we appreciate the quick and effective work of DPS and MPD officers to resolve this matter expeditiously.
Rocco DelMonaco, Vice President for University Safety
Todd Olson, Vice President for Student Affairs