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Reports of gunfire at Highline College in Des Moines put school on lockdown

Highline College locked down for reports of gunfire

After searching campus for more than an hour, authorities said they found no victims or evidence of an active shooter. Kent police said there was a “large police presence” around the campus and asked people to avoid the area.
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After searching campus for more than an hour, authorities said they found no victims or evidence of an active shooter. Kent police said there was a “large police presence” around the campus and asked people to avoid the area.

Highline College was on lockdown Friday morning due to a possible shooter on campus.

An alert on the department’s Facebook page was posted shortly after 9 a.m. reading, “Lockdown: This is not a drill. Close doors, close windows.”

Police responded to the scene, along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

No victims were found.

“At this time we have not located any injuries or indications of a shooting, but we are still treating it as one until we can confirm and complete our search,” Kent police said at 10:56 a.m.

Two people were treated for anxiety-related issues, according to Puget Sound Fire.

Families that want information are being directed to Lowes northwest corner parking lot, Renton police tweeted.

Kent police said there was a “large police presence” around the campus and asked people to avoid the area.

The State Patrol shut down southbound Pacific Highway South between 240th and Kent Des Moines Road.

Troopers blocked southbound Interstate 5 just north of state Route 516 and turned drivers around in the northbound lanes. By 10 a.m., I-5 was reopened.

When a Seattle Times reporter called the school, an operator answered and confirmed police were evacuating the buildings one by one.

“I hope I’m here to answer when you call back,” the person said.

The lockdown was lifted about 11 a.m. and classes for the rest of the day were cancelled.

Highline College has about 17,000 students.

This is a developing post. We will update when more information becomes available.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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