Update: Reports of shots fired, person with gun on Northwestern campus said to be a hoax

Update 9:00 p.m. on March 14, 2018

CHICAGO (CBS 58) -- Police say the report of a shooting at Northwestern University was just a hoax.

An alert went out on Wednesday afternoon.

Students were told to shelter in place after a man called police and claimed he shot his girlfriend.

When officers arrived, they found no evidence of a crime scene, a victim, or a gunman.


CHICAGO (CBS) -- Northwestern University was warning people to stay away from campus, and those on campus to shelter in place, amid reports of shots fired and a person with a gun on campus.

Evanston police initally said they were investigating reports of shots fired near Emerson and Maple. Later, at 3:11 p.m., Evanston police said they searched the original area of the reported shooting and did not find anything. However, they said officers are still searching the area.

The university said there were reports of a man with a gun at Engelhart Hall, a graduate student dormitory at Emerson and Maple.

Police also warned the “area is not secure and not safe.” Officers have blocked off the intersection.

It was not immediately clear if anyone was wounded.

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