Authorities evacuated a building north of downtown Casper on Friday morning after responding to a shots fired call, but after a search, they found no indication that a shooting had occurred.

A police official on scene told reporters that officers responded to the call at 10:14 a.m. at an office building at 800 Werner Court. Lt. Jeremy Tremel said there was no indication that anyone had been injured.

In a subsequent statement, Tremel said police had cleared the building and did not find any indication that shots had been fired inside. Officers did not locate any suspects or injured people.

Tremel said the initial report came from inside the building. Multiple people told arriving officers that they’d heard loud noises that sounded like gunshots.

Two hours after the call, police hadn’t determined the source of the noises.

Dozens of emergency vehicles — including marked and unmarked police cars, sheriff’s vehicles and fire trucks — were parked in the area. Some officers were wearing ballistic vests and armed with long guns.

Crowds of people were seen leaving the building. They were being herded through a parking lot to another nearby building.

A man who said his wife works in the building told the Star-Tribune she called him to say shots were fired on the second floor. Anthony Watters said his wife described four officers in tactical gear moving through her workplace.

She was not injured and taken to a building across the street, Watters said.

Watters was recovering at home from a torn labrum when his wife called. He said he hit every red light on the drive to the scene.

In a nearby parking lot, Larry Laman sat in his SUV and prayed before police had completed clearing the building. He said his wife was inside. The last time he called her, she told him in a whisper not to call him back because she was trying to hide.

“This s—- doesn’t happen in Casper, Wyoming,” he said.

During the incident, police blocked access to Werner Court and put out a statement asking people to steer clear of the area. The building, which is home to multiple nonprofit groups and private businesses, sits in a commercial area just north of Interstate 25.

When Laman learned that police did not believe a shooting had taken place in the building, he voiced his relief.

“My stress level went way down,” he said.

A police statement provided at about 12:30 p.m. stated that the second floor of the building remained closed, along with the area around the building.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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