- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Columbia police say a woman who caused a brief alert after a report that she had a gun on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia never planned to hurt anyone.

Police spokesman Bryana Larimer said in a news release that an acquaintance of the woman reported Wednesday that she was suicidal and had access to a gun.

Officers confirmed she was on the university campus, prompting school officials to urge people to shelter in place or to avoid the campus while the search was underway. She was eventually found, unarmed, and taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Police later recovered a firearm that they believe the woman discarded before she was found.

Larimer says investigators uncovered no indication that the woman intended to harm anyone else.

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