Police respond to reports of gunfire at college in Washington state


After reports of gunfire being heard just before 9 a.m. Friday morning (Feb. 16) - as well as a lockdown on the Highline College campus - Des Moines Police reports that an initial investigation indicates that there was no active shooter on campus. The campus will be closed for the rest of the day Friday.

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

A Washington college was locked down after reports of shots fired on the campus, but law enforcement officers did not immediately find evidence of a shooting after a search of the school. But shortly before noon, local time, an official said they had found no signs of a shooting or located people with injuries.

Highline is a community college on 80 acres in Des Moines, according to its website, a few miles south of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Close doors, close windows.

"Renton PD and multiple agencies assisting at Highline Comm College for reports of "shots fired", nothing confirmed yet", the Renton Police Department tweeted at 12:21 p.m. Do not come to campus if you are on your way.

Family reunification is expected to take place at the parking lot of Lowes Home Improvement at 24050 Pacific Highway South.