‘Active shooter’ alert at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

PUBLISHED Tue, October 17, 2017 - 12:26pm EDT
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Police and other emergency services in Washington, D.C. responded to an unconfirmed report of an active shooting at Howard University, but nothing was found. The lockdown was lifted nearly two hours later. (more)

The incident began just after 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday after the university received an anonymous report of a potential shooter on campus. A large number of police officers responded to the threat, even though there was no immediate confirmation of a shooting.

As a result of the potential threat, the Administration Building at Howard University was evacuated as a precaution while officers continued to investigate. Officers conducted a sweep of all buildings on campus.

It was initially unclear whether the university was on campus, but the school later urged students to shelter in place until further notice. Just after 2 p.m., the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that nothing had been found and there are no injuries.

Howard University, which was founded in 1867 and is located just 2 miles from the U.S. Capitol, is a private, research university comprised of 13 schools and colleges.It is a historically black college and has more than 10,000 students.

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