One week after the UW–Platteville campus was closed after a report of a person with a gun in UWP’s Ullsvik Hall, neither the gun nor the person who was claimed to have the gun has been found.
A bullet was found outside Ullsvik Hall shortly after the report of the person with a gun. The bullet was taken to the State Crime Lab in Madison for analysis.
The witness, UW–Platteville student David Kalenga-Kasongo, pulled a fire alarm after he exited a bathroom. Afternoon classes were canceled, Ullsvik Hall was evacuated, other UWP buildings were searched, and Platteville Public Schools were on lockdown for about the last two hours of the school day.
A two-hour search of campus by Platteville and UW–Platteville police and Grant County sheriff’s deputies found no gun and no one with a gun. The suspect was reported to be a white male wearing a gray shirt, black pants and black-soled shoes.
Since the report March 14, UW–Platteville police have interviewed about 20 people, including the witness, according to UWP officials.
No shots were fired, and no injuries were reported.
Platteville Public Schools locked down its buildings around 1:20 p.m. That included first-grade students at Neal Wilkins Early Learning Center, who were at Platteville Middle School to see a play.
Streets around campus were blocked off by Platteville firefighters for about two hours.
The campus reopened and classes resumed Tuesday morning, when an open forum was held on campus.
“The Open Forum on Tuesday and many conversations in classes and departments have resulted in helpful feedback about our response,” said UW–Platteville representative Paul Erickson.
Anyone who recalls anything or has heard anything new about the incident is asked to call UW–Platteville police, 342-1584.