UTEP President Diana Natalicio released a statement Sunday night stating that campus police are investigating a single bullet that struck a campus building sometime on Saturday evening, Aug. 21. UTEP Police believe the bullet may be related to a shootout between Juarez, Mexico police and cartel members that occurred at the same time.

The shootout happened between 6:10 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. Saturday and resulted in the temporary closure of Paisano Drive from Executive Center to Santa Fe Street in El Paso. One person was killed in the shootout in Juarez. There were no reported injures in El Paso.

UTEP’s investigation revealed that a single bullet struck the south door of Bell Hall, went through the glass panel in the door and was found embedded in an office doorframe. There were no reported injuries.

This appears to be the only stray bullet to have struck the campus, and there is no evidence to suggest that UTEP was specifically targeted, UTEP officials said. See a map of UTEP’s campus here.

Natalicio said in a statement that UTEP Police will continue investigating the incident and consult with appropriate law enforcement officials and other governmental entities concerning risk assessment strategies and possible further security precautions. Read how UTEP issues warnings to students, faculty and staff here.

The fall semester begins at UTEP on Monday.

This is the second time this summer that a bullet from a Juarez shootout has hit a building in El Paso. At about 5 p.m.

June 29, a bullet traveled through a ninth floor window of El Paso City Hall, then through an interior wall, before striking a picture frame and stopping. Further investigation revealed that the north and south stucco walls of City Hall were struck by an additional six rounds at varying heights on the walls.

Source: KVIA

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