Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Authorities raised the alarm at Northwestern University near Chicago on Wednesday after reports of a gunman on its Evanston campus but it was verified as a false alarm hours later by local police in the United States.

The university said that the report of a man with a gun “was a hoax” and that it was made in a call to the local Evanston Police Department, saying just after 5:30 p.m. that there was “no danger to the community” and police are investigating the false alert.

The university’s official Twitter account tweeted at 2:40 p.m. that there was a “person with a gun” on campus, with school officials requesting that students and faculty shelter-in-place and avoid the area.

Just before 3 p.m., a follow up alert said Northeastern University Police Department and Evenston Police were investigating an incident at Engelhart Hall, which is at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Emerson Street, reported the student publication.

An update said there was an “emergency situation involving a person with a gun reported in Engelhart Hall on the Evanston campus”.

The Daily Northwestern describes Engelhart Hall as “a 10-floor graduate student apartment complex at 1915 Maple Ave. where students can live with their partners and families.”

Several students told the Daily that campus buildings were in a state of lockdown.

Evanston Police tweeted earlier in the day that there was reports of shots fired at Emerson Street and Maple Avenue, but it was confirmed by local media that no shots were fired.

More details to follow. Image of the campus from Wikimedia Commons. 

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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