Northwestern University locks down, warns about gunman on campus

Cheryl Sanders
March 15, 2018

Police are responding to shots fired on the Northwestern University campus.

A report of a gunman at a Northwestern University residence hall and shots fired was a hoax, a suburban Chicago police official said Wednesday.

Police received a call around 2:17 p.m. Wednesday from an individual claiming to have shot his girlfriend in the area of Emerson Street and Maple Avenue, according to WGN-TV. Authorities briefed the media at the scene called the incident at Northwestern University a "swatting incident".

The news organization says the university is asking people to take shelter after a report of a person with a gun on the school's Chicago campus. Seek shelter if in the area. The alert said to avoid the area of Engelhart Hall.

"Remain in safe place", the university tweeted.

An emergency notification was sent out at 2:40 p.m. about a person with a gun on the campus.

Portions of the campus were reportedly put on lockdown. If not on campus, stay away. "More info will be provided when available".

Officers say they found no evidence of a gunman, crime scene or victim.

"That could be a possibility that we are also investigating", Evanston Police Cmdr.

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