Report of gunman on campus at Chicago's Northwestern University

Police respond to reports of a gunman on Northwestern’s campus

Police respond to reports of a gunman on Northwestern’s campus

Students were ordered to take shelter and everyone else was ordered to keep away from the area after a report of a person with a gun in Engelhart Hall, a graduate student dormitory on the Evanston campus, in suburban Chicago. "Seek shelter if in the area".

Police later confirmed in a press conference that they believe the incident is a hoax after police met with the alleged victim in person and found that she was safe.

Evanston Police Commander Ryan Glew says the Wednesday afternoon call was a "swatting" in which someone calls in a false report in the hopes in prompting a police department SWAT team to respond. A person with a gun has been reported on the Evanston campus.

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"That could be a possibility that we are also investigating", Evanston Police Cmdr.

Cops rushed to the Evanston campus amid reports that someone had opened fire inside the Englehart Hall residential building.

. Remain in safe place. "More info will be provided when available". No gun was found at the scene.

According to Chicago Sun News, police have officially called the incident a "hoax".

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