Person with a gun on the campus of Northwestern University

Lester Mason
March 15, 2018

A GUNMAN is loose on a university in the USA sparking a lockdown among staff and students, it has been reported.

The Evanston Police Department later stated that there was "no evidence of a victim, scene, or gunman found", but that they, along with Northwestern University police officials, would continue to "search and secure the area".

University officials received a report of a shooting at graduate dorm on Wednesday in Northwestern University's main campus in Evanston in US state of IL, local media Chicago Tribune reported.

"That could be a possibility that we are also investigating", Evanston Police Cmdr. A man called police at 2:17 p.m. and said he had shot his girlfriend at 1915 Maple Ave., Engelhart Hall, a graduate student housing dorm.

However, the report turned out to be a hoax and the all-clear signal was given.

Police later confirmed in a press conference that they believe the incident is a hoax after police met with the alleged victim in person and found that she was safe.

The call prompted Northwestern to urge people in the area to "shelter in a safe place and stay until further notice". Students were told to stay in place by police while the school, and at least one other local high school, was placed on lockdown.

"If not on campus, stay away. Seek shelter if in the area". "We're still treating this as an active investigation".

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