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Lockdown at Washington State campus after reports of gunfire
March 22 2018, 05:57 | Irvin Gilbert
Highline College in Des Moines Washington is on lockdown after a report Friday of shots fired
Police swarmed the campus and evacuated buildings, and the school told students and staff around 10 a.m.to remain locked down until their building has been cleared.
Kent Assistant Police Chief Rafael Padilla said authorities walked the entire Highline College campus and did not find anything.
The college has confirmed that the lockdown is not a drill.
Students and faculty of Highline College in Des Moines, Wash., entered lockdown mode on Friday afternoon (Feb. 16) after multiple reports of gunfire surfaced. "Close doors, close windows". Police, ambulances and first responders converged on the college immediately after the shooting was reported. Other local, state and federal agencies including the Washington State Police and the ATF responded. The school's website says that there are 17,000 students enrolled. Remain in lockdown position.
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available.
Police are asking that people avoid the area, but have set up a reunification site at the nearby Lowes in the northwest corner of the parking lot. By 10 a.m., I-5 was reopened.
The brief scare prompted the cancellation of classes and a search for a gunman at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington, that officials said came up empty.
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