A report of gunfire Friday on a college campus near Seattle sparked a lockdown, but law enforcement officials who scoured the campus could find no evidence of a shooting. The school has continued to post updates asking people to avoid campus and instructing those on campus to close and barricade doors and windows. Police, ambulances and first responders converged on the college immediately after the shooting was reported.
Capt. Kyle Ohashi with the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority said officers found no gunshell casings, holes in the wall or other evidence of a shooting.
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Highline is a community college in Des Moines, Washington, about halfway between Seattle and Tacoma. "The investigation into the initial call will continue".
"There is no indication there is an active shooter but we're taking all the precautions necessary", Ohashi said.
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About an hour after the initial report, the South King Fire agency tweeted it knew of "no known" victims. Another Highline College student stated, "Walking out of class today at Highline College and there's a shooting on campus! it's [sic] safe nowhere!" Police were responding to the scene.
The scare came two days after police say a teen with an AR-15 rifle stormed his former high school in Florida, killing 17 and wounding 15. The Renton Police Department Twitter account announced "shots fired" but has yet to confirm the news.
The college has confirmed that the lockdown is not a drill. Check back to KSDK.com for more details.
"Police are clearing buildings. Parents can still re-unify with students at Lowes parking lot at 24050 Pacific Highway".
This report contains information from SeattlePI partner KOMO News.