Highline College in Washington state in lockdown after reports of gunfire

Katrina Barker
February 17, 2018

Machine-gun armed police swooped on Highline College in Des Moines, Washington, after reports of "shots fired" - with witnesses claiming they heard up to eight shots. Please remain in lockdown until police have cleared your building. After the threat, the college initiated an immediate lockdown for students to barricade their doors and windows while law enforcement secured the campus and evacuated buildings. He said police were also not able to confirm rumors that fireworks set off the shooting scare.

Jarod Kasner with the Kent Police Department said that the search was finished and police "have found no injuries or indications of weapons being fired".

Police are reported to have said they were called to his family home 39 times before his mother died past year.

About 11 a.m., Puget Sound Fire tweeted there was no evidence of a shooter or victims as authorities continue to search the campus. Police activity has shut down the southbound lane of Interstate 5 in the area. "There is no confirmation that we know of", Johnson told CNN.

This post will be updated as new information becomes available.

The school is about 15 miles south of Seattle and has about 17,000 students. Police have blocked a nearby highway. "I panicked after what happened (Wednesday)", he said, referring to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people.

Investigators did not find a gunman or evidence that anyone was injured, but many students and their family members said their nerves were frayed after Friday's deadly school shooting.

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