Police respond to 'reports of gunfire' at Highline College in Washington state

Feb 17, 2018, 00:38
Police respond to 'reports of gunfire' at Highline College in Washington state

Highline College in Des Moines, a town located 15 miles south of Seattle, was placed on a mandatory campus lockdown at about 8:55 a.m. amid reports of gunfire.

She wrote on Twitter: "My God, niece just text me saying she is hiding in closet as her school Highline College in Des Moines is lockdown".

The school posted on in a message on its website that it was responding to an "active threat on campus". Remain in lockdown position. "Barricade doors and windows".

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Police responded to the scene, along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Students and staff not on campus were told to stay away and others were told to avoid the area. Police are now responding to reports of gunfire on campus.

An hour after the report, South King Fire & Rescue reported there were "no known victims". "Police are responding and we will have further details shortly". The Kent Police Department has said that officers are investigating the reports as an "illegal discharge" and that no injuries have been reported or weapons been recovered.

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The incident came two days after a Florida gunman killed 17 at a high school there, increasing fears of school violence. The school has about 17,000 students.

Police at Highline College were evacuating buildings, the college said in an emergency alert published after 9 a.m. local time. This story is developing.

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