Police say no active shooter at Highline College Friday morning


After reports of gunfire being heard just before 9 a.m. Friday morning (Feb. 16) – as well as a lockdown on the Highline College campus – Des Moines Police reports that an initial investigation indicates that there was no active shooter on campus.

Police are following up with a secondary sweep of the campus, and they expect to be able to give an all clear very soon.

The first alert went out at 8:55 a.m., advising all “to lock down all offices and classrooms until further notice.”

A huge police response resulted, with roads around the campus closed – including southbound I-5 for a while – and heavily armed police slowly sweeping the campus, building to building.

Later reports indicate that the actual cause of the “gunfire” may have been fireworks.

Classes have been canceled for the rest of the day.

Police also announced that Parents can re-unify with students in the Lowes parking lot on Pacific Highway.

UPDATE: South King Fire reports that – as of 9:59 a.m. – “There are no known victims at HCC.”

“This is not a drill. Close doors, close windows. Police are responding to campus. Do not come to campus if you are on your way. More details to come”

From: <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 8:55 AM
Subject: Lockdown – This is not a drill
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

We have reports of gunfire on campus. Please lock down all offices and classrooms until further notice.

From: <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 9:10 AM
Subject: Lockdown: This is not a drill
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Lockdown: This is not a drill. Close doors, close windows. Police are responding to campus. Do not come to campus if you are on your way. More details to come.

From: <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 9:18 AM
Subject: Remain in lockdown – This is not a drill
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

All Buildings need to remain in lockdown. Barricade doors and windows. Police are responding and we will have further details shortly.

From: <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 9:26 AM
Subject: Remain in lockdown – This is not a drill
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Police are responding and evacuating buildings. Remain in lockdown position. We will update you as further details become available. This is an unfolding situation.

From:
Date: Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 9:57 AM
Subject: Remain in lockdown – This is not a drill
To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Police are clearing buildings. Please remain in lockdown until police have cleared your building. Parents can re-unify with students in the Lowes parking lot of Pacific Highway.


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