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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