Yet another school has been threatened by violence, as Columbus State University police are searching the Columbus, Georgia campus for an armed suspect, following reports that the individual was seen in a student dorm. Get all of the details here.
Columbus State University police have responded to reports of an armed suspect in a student residence hall on Aug. 31, and said in a statement that officials are searching for someone described as being a “black male, 17-19 years, [wearing] dark clothes, [a] stocking cap [and of] medium build”. Students received a Campus Crime Alert, which are warnings released by the Columbus State University Police Department when crimes are reported on campus property. The alert informed recipients that the suspect had reportedly been seen in Clearview Hall, and urged residents to stay in their dorms. So scary.
CSU police, the Columbus Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team are actively searching the area at this time, according to the Ledger-Enquirer, a local paper.
COUGAR ALERT: Report of an armed suspect in Clearview Hall. Residents encouraged to stay in rooms. pic.twitter.com/qQhotQ31Qz
— Columbus State Univ. (@ColumbusState) August 31, 2016
The University shared an update later in the afternoon, stating that the armed suspect is not active, but “as a precaution, no one is allowed in or out of Clearview Hall at this time”. The University, which is located about 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, also stated that “all other campus operations should continue as normal”.
University spokeswoman Christa Robbins also told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that authorities received a call at around 11:54 AM, leading to a search focused on Clearview Hall, a 540-room dorm where freshman, or first-year students, live. Robbins added that no injuries have been reported.
Keep checking back to HollywoodLife.com as this story develops, and exercise caution if you are in the Columbus State area.