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News Service:

Annette Hacker, director,
(515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777

3-17-08

Contacts:

Jerry Stewart, ISU Police, (515) 294-4428, jdstewa@istate.edu

Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720, annette@iastate.edu

Investigation continues in gun incident reported at Willow Hall

AMES, Iowa -- ISU Police continue to investigate the March 16 incident in which a gun was reportedly displayed to several witnesses in Willow Hall. Investigators are in the process of identifying and interviewing potential witnesses who may have more information about what occurred prior to, during and after the report was received.

No weapon has been found. Several extensive searches of common areas in and around the Maple-Willow-Larch complex have been conducted. Searches have included hallways, dens, bathrooms, toilets, trash receptacles, ceilings, rooftops, elevator shafts and landscaping areas.

Police urge the campus community -- especially those who live or work near the Maple-Willow-Larch complex -- to report any suspicious activity. Anyone who finds a firearm, or pieces of a firearm, should not handle it, but immediately call ISU Police at (515) 294-4428.

ISU Police have been receiving calls from people who wish to make changes or updates to their ISU Alert profiles. All students, faculty and staff are eligible to receive ISU Alert messages. Those who wish to modify or expand their contact information must do so through AccessPlus (www.accessplus.iastate.edu) on the Iowa State web site; ISU Police cannot make these changes. Answers to many frequently asked questions about the ISU Alert system, and how it works, can be found online at http://www.isualert.iastate.edu/faq.

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Incident timeline, Mar. 16

  • 9:45 a.m.: ISU Police announce that Jawon R. Jackson, 20, of Aurora, Ill., has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident at Willow Hall
  • 2:20 a.m.: Normal activity resumed in Willow Hall
  • 1:58 a.m.: Police found man, who reportedly had been seen with gun, in Willow Hall
  • 1:40 a.m.: ISU Alert sent to students, faculty, staff
  • 1:32 a.m.: Police locate eyewitness in a Willow Hall room and obtain additional information
  • 12:55 a.m: Police receive call from student, notify area law enforcement agencies and immediately respond to scene