Police: Shot reported at Pa. campus was newspaper
Published: February 19, 2013
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say a student's report of a shot fired on the Gettysburg College campus over the weekend was instead the sound of a newspaper hitting the sidewalk.
Gettysburg police Chief Joseph Dougherty says a student had reported a gunshot fired by a person in a white sedan early Saturday morning. But Dougherty says police investigated and determined the sound came from a newspaper delivery driver throwing a paper from the window of her vehicle.
After the report, the college alerted students and employees via text messages, voicemails and emails. A college spokeswoman says an all-clear message was sent around 8:30 a.m.
Dougherty says police eventually determined the student who made the report must have mistaken the sound of the paper hitting the sidewalk for a gunshot.