Police lifted a lockdown at Howard University after receiving a report of a shooting. Police found no signs of a gunman on the campus.
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) October 17, 2017
The Washington DC Police Department had said that, while it was investigating reports of a shooter, nothing so far had been officially confirmed. Nonetheless, the school’s administrative building was evacuated as a precautionary measure.
We're on the scene @HowardU for the report of an active shooter. So far nothing confirmed. Take precautions if in the area.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) October 17, 2017
Howard University said that it called police when it received an anonymous call warning them of a potential shooter on campus. The university also said that police were going through every building going door to door.
Police are currently conducting a sweep of campus. All students & staff should stay in place & shelter in place until further notification
— Howard University (@HowardU) October 17, 2017
Howard, a historically black university, made headlines last week when its football team’s cheerleaders knelt during the national anthem in solidarity with other athletes who have taken a knee during sporting events to protest against police violence against black communities.
Howard is also celebrating its 150th anniversary and homecoming this week.
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