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UPDATE: 18:30 AST

Report of gunman at Northwestern University was a hoax, police say

 
EVANSTON, Ill. — Police said the report of a gunman at Northwestern University was a hoax and “swatting incident.” Police said they found no evidence after reports of shots fired on the campus.

Around 2:17 p.m. on Wednesday, police said they got a call from an individual claiming to have shot his girlfriend in the area of Emerson Street and Maple Avenue.

An emergency notification about was sent out to staff and students at 2:40 p.m., according to the Daily Northwestern.

At 3:11 p.m., Evanston police tweeted they checked the area and found “no evidence of a victim, scene or gunman.” Police said they are continuing to search and secure the area.

At the time, Evanston police urged people to stay out of the area of due to the shooting investigation. The university urged people at Englehart Hall, a graduate student dorm, to stay behind locked doors.

Northwestern tweeted out people should seek shelter and stay in a safe place.

Portions of the campus were reportedly put on lockdown.

REPORTED EARLIER

Reports of person with gun on Northwestern campus

EVANSTON, Ill (WGNTV) — Police are responding to shots fired on the Northwestern University campus.

Evanston police tweeted Wednesday afternoon that people should stay out of the area of Emerson Street and Maple Avenue due to a shooting investigation. The university urged people at Englehart Hall, a graduate student dorm, to stay behind locked doors.

At 3:11 p.m. on Wednesday, Evanston police tweeted they checked the area and found “no evidence of a victim, scene or gunman.” Police said they are continuing to search and secure the area.

An emergency notification was sent out to staff and students at 2:40 p.m., according to the Daily Northwestern.

Northwestern tweeted out people should seek shelter and stay in a safe place.

Persons in Englehart Hall at the corner of Emerson Street and Maple Avenue should remain behind locked doors. Northwestern community members not in that area no longer need to stay behind locked doors. Anyone not in the area of Engelhart Hall should stay away.

Evanston and NUPD in the area of Emerson and Maple. Report of gunman and shots fired in a residential building. Area checked no evidence of a victim, scene, or gunman found.

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Hey everyone. Don’t have the whole story, but there does appear to be some sort of a gun-related incident happening across the street from me in Evanston. I’m safe. The police have been on the scene for a while and have entered a building

NU EMERGENCY: Person with gun on Evanston campus. If on campus, seek shelter in safe place and stay until further notice. Others keep away.

Scene from across Maple and Emerson moments ago. Returning to the middle of my apartment. Stay safe everyone. pic.twitter.com/UKiMAyG18y

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NU EMERGENCY: Person with gun on Evanston campus. If on campus, seek shelter in safe place and stay until further notice. Others keep away.

It looks to be happening at the graduate building across the street from my apartment at Emerson & Maple pic.twitter.com/7mEpPZolyG

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There is a report of a person with a gun in Engelhart Hall at the corner of Emerson Street and Maple Avenue. Evanston and Northwestern University police are on the scene. Seek shelter if in the area.

NU EMERGENCY: Person with gun on Evanston campus. If on campus, seek shelter in safe place and stay until further notice. Others keep away.

Evanston Police off at a shots fired investigation. Stay out of the area of Emerson and Maple.

Evanston Police off at a shots fired investigation. Stay out of the area of Emerson and Maple.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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