American University in Washington placed on lockdown after ‘armed intruder’ report
“Lock doors & stay away from windows - If outside, leave campus immediately,” AU police announced on Twitter at 1:26 pm local time on Wednesday (1826 GMT). The lockdown was lifted at 4:38 pm local time.
AU Alert: Reports of armed intruder near campus. Lock doors & stay away from windows-If outside, leave campus immediately-Police responding. More info to follow— American University Police (@AmericanUPolice) July 18, 2018
The measure appears to have been precautionary, as there were no reports of an active shooter. One local reporters said the DC Metro Police Department (MPD) received a call about a “person with a gun on their hip” at the intersection of Nebraska and New Mexico avenues, right next to the main AU campus.
AU police and MPD conducted building-to-building searches of the campus and satellite facilities.
The US capital has one of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, banning civilians from openly carrying guns.
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