Police say active shooter reports on Howard University campus unfounded
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Both Metropolitan and Howard University Police confirm that they found no evidence of an active shooter or shooting early Tuesday afternoon.
University Police say they got a call before noon about a shooting at the College of Medicine building on W street.
They say officers were already there and did not hear or see anything related to a shooting, but still began to investigate.
Shortly after noon, Metropolitan Police say they got a call for an active shooter at 2400 6th street, which is the university’s administration building.
At that time, the university says they notified students and staff to stay where they were.
Police say they also got additional information that led them to other buildings on campus, where they conducted additional searches, but nothing was found.
“We have found no evidence, no witnesses, nothing to support that there was a shooting on our campus at any locations,” said Howard University Polie Chief Alonzo Joy. “It does not stop here, our investigation is continuing.”
Howard University canceled classes for the remainder of the day but said it was otherwise business as usuasl..
Police would not say if they identified the person or people who made the calls.
Students told DCW50 they saw a huge police presence on campus but were not entirely sure what was going on.
“It was kinda like, where is it happening, am I in the right place, should I stay here, what am I supposed to be doing like right now?” said Augustina Mbakok.
The calls come just a few weeks after police arrested a man, Edgar Rust, for making online threats to murder African American students at the university, and in the midst of homecoming week.
University President Wayne Frederick said he does not believe the incidents are related and homecoming will go on as scheduled with the proper plans for safety in place.
“We have a campus in a big open city and these things are going to happen from time to time,” he said. “That doesn’t make it acceptable in any way, shape, or form, and it doesn’t mean we are going to let our guard down in keeping the campus safe.”