Clover Park Technical College was locked down for more than 90 minutes Tuesday following a report that an individual with a gun was running after a car on the Lakewood campus.
The college went into lockdown shortly after noon. Some students and staff were just sitting down to lunch, including retiring college President John Walstrum and a candidate for the president’s job who was on campus for an interview.
At 11:34 a.m., police received a report of a male with a gun running after a car on the campus at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd.
“Some information was received that there may have been some sort of a disturbance on campus that resulted in a person pulling a gun and a white vehicle fleeing at a high rate of speed with a door open,” said Lt. Chris Lawler, Lakewood police spokesman.
The college lifted the lockdown at 1:16 p.m. after police reported they were unable to locate the suspect or vehicle after searching buildings on campus. Lawler said authorities believe the suspect fled before their arrival.
Health care instructor Tammy Schuler said first responders and staff reacted well Tuesday, and she credited an all-staff drill that was held last quarter. Lakewood police participated in the drill that simulated shooters in multiple buildings.Staff writer Christian Hill contributed to this report.