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Northwestern University-experiences in ‘swatting incident’ after false reports of the shooter, police say

Illinois police said that there was “no evidence” of a shooting on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus Wednesday afternoon following reports of a “person with a gun”

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Northwestern University has declared the campus “ALL CLEAR” after receiving a false report on Wednesday afternoon of a “person with a gun” at a residence for students at the school’s Evanston campus.

“The police have determined that the report of a man with a gun in Engelhart Hall was a hoax,” the university tweeted. “It was in a call to the Evanston Police Department. Not a danger to the community exists.”

ALL CLEAR. The police has determined that the report of a man with a gun in Engelhart Hall was a hoax. It was in a call to the Evanston Police Department. Not a danger to the community exists. The police are investigating the false report.

— North West (@NorthwesternU) March 14, 2018

Evanston Police determined the situation was a “swatting incident” and that “No casualties or danger to the public.”

The incident at Emerson and Maple was swatting incident. No casualties or danger to the public. The area is safe. Police and Firefighters are clearing the area.

— Evanston, IL Police (@EvanstonPD) March 14, 2018

The department previously tweeted found “no evidence” of a shooting on the university after there was a Report of a gunman and shots fired in a residential building. Area checked no evidence of a victim, scene, or a shooter found.”

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

— Evanston, IL Police (@EvanstonPD) March 14, 2018

Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew told reporters that at 2:17 pm, someone called and said that he had shot his girlfriend in the neighborhood, but Glew said that the officials “have not everything at this time,” the school of the student newspaper, The Daily Northwestern reported.

Northwestern University, first sent out an “emergency” alert around 2:40 a.m., warning students that a person with a gun was on campus, and to “take shelter in a safe place until further notice.”

The police, according to the university, examines the hoax emergency report.

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