DES MOINES, Wash. (AP) — Fire officials in Washington state say they know of no people with injuries following reports of possible shots fired at a community college south of Seattle.
Police armed with heavy weaponry swarmed Highline College in the city of Des Moines Friday morning after the reports of shots. Students were told to shelter in place as police searched the campus.
About an hour after the initial report, the South King Fire agency tweeted it knew of “no known” victims.
KCPQ FOX 13 reported that Public Information Officer Capt. Kyle Ohashi said there was no evidence of a shooting or any victims at the school and they treat every report seriously.
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Police say they are trying to determine whether shots were fired.
The school is located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Seattle in Des Moines, Washington. It has about 17,000 students.
SWAT team officers carrying guns were seen on video walking around one of the school’s parking lots.
BREAKING: Public Information Officer Capt. Kyle Ohashi: NO EVIDENCE of a shooting or any victims at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington. We treat every report seriously.https://t.co/kQs6fJjdDQ #Q13FOX pic.twitter.com/jTXr4ZC8Rs— Tyler Slauson (@tslauson) February 16, 2018
Jerry rushed to Highline Colege knowing his 7 months pregnant girlfriend was in class. Sound like she’s all right ( warning language) pic.twitter.com/U03rg3xu0z— John Hopperstad (@JohnHopperstad) February 16, 2018
Renton PD and multiple agencies assisting at Highline Comm College for reports of "shots fired", nothing confirmed yet. /sh pic.twitter.com/JdpDORCXTB— Renton Police Dept. (@RentonpdWA) February 16, 2018
There are no known victims at HCC— South King Fire (@Southkingfire) February 16, 2018
Highline Community College is currently in lock down. Large police presence around school and along Pacific Hwy. S. Please avoid the area if possible. pic.twitter.com/tf8t1nhL87— Kent Police (@kentpd) February 16, 2018