*Update (2:10 p.m.)*
Howard University has confirmed via Twitter that all campus buildings have been cleared by authorities.
UPDATE: All HU buildings have been cleared by authorities. Thank you for your patience.
— Howard University (@HowardU) October 17, 2017
Original report below…
Howard University and its students are on alert following reports of an active shooter on campus Tuesday.
The historically Black university tweeted, “This afternoon, we were anonymously notified of a potential shooter on campus. We took the call seriously and police are investigating.
“Because the safety of our students and staff are our number one priority, the Admin Bldg has been evacuated. Police are currently conducting a sweep of campus. All students & staff should stay in place & shelter in place until further notification.”
According to an alert text message provided to theGrio by a student at Howard, the Department of Public Safety sent out a blast text message cautioning an “armed person throughout the campus shelter in place while police investigate.”
Another student, a sophomore at Howard who asked to remain anonymous, tells theGrio that her dormitory, as well as the entire campus, is on lockdown and that they are safe in their room.
Police and are urging caution for anyone in the vicinity. So far the threat has not been confirmed and there are no reported injuries.