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Police: Report of shots fired in Oakbrook a misunderstanding

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Police are saying the evacuation of a building in west suburban Oakbrook Terrace following a report of shots fired Tuesday morning was the result of a misunderstanding.

Police Chief Wayne Holakovsky said a woman was on the phone with customer service at Commonwealth Edison in the One Lincoln Center building near Butterfield and Tower Road when the fire alarm went off.

He said it was part of a planned fire drill and training exercise, and the ComEd representative told the woman he had to go and hung up.

But the customer called police at 10:03 a.m. and reported she had been told by the ComEd representative that shots were fired in the building.

This led to a response by several are police and fire agencies, in addition to the departments already on scene for the training exercise. The Oakbrook Terrace Fire Protection district confirmed that firefighters responded to a call of shots fired.

"We get a call like this we have to check it, we have to check everything," Holakovsky said.

The chief said police checked every floor and closet of the building, but found nothing.

A ComEd spokesman Tweeted: "During a planned fire drill, we believe a customer being aided by a rep heard the fire alarm & thought it was an actual emergency. A followup Tweet said: "Authorities are on site conducting due diligence. Building was evacuated. No confirmed reports of intruders/injuries."

The response led to the closure of roads around the office complex on Trans Am Plaza Drive off Butterfield Road. The response lit up Twitter traffic with reports of gunshots and the emergency response.

Police from several area agencies responded, and occupants of the evacuated building were walking around the parking area, unsure what was going on.

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