Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Reports of shooting near Northwestern University a 'hoax,' 'swatting incident'

Reports of shooting near Northwestern University a 'hoax,' 'swatting incident' Reports of shooting near Northwestern University a 'hoax,' 'swatting incident'
Patty Aguilar | 15 March, 2018, 01:22

According to The Chicago Tribune, police responded to reports of shots fired, only to find no evidence of a "victim, scene or gunman" during their initial investigation.

Students and staff at Northwestern University in IL were told to take shelter amid reports of an active shooter on campus after 3 p.m.

Police were investigating the false report.

The university said there were reports of a man with a gun at Engelhart Hall, a graduate student dormitory at Emerson and Maple.

The university later tweeted that there is no threat to Northwestern students not near to Engelhart Hall, but anyone who is not in the area should stay away until further notice.

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The report of the shooter came as students across the country walked out of school to protest gun violence.

About 3.40pm, the university updated their alert to say that that anyone not in Englehart Hall, no longer needed to shelter in place.

The incident began at about 2:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday when officers were called to reports of shots fired at Engelhart Hall, which is a residential building at the corner of Emerson Street and Maple Avenue. According to ABC News, the incident was directly dubbed a "swatting incident", suggesting that it was a prank call directed towards the school.

Police also warned the "area is not secure and not safe".

Stay with this story for the latest information.

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