Shooting Breaks Out At CENTRAL Michigan University, All Schools On Lockdown
Fired shots were heard on the fourth floors of the college building
CENTRAL Michigan University is on lockdown following a shooting at the Campbell Hall building, reports have prompted a gun alert across the Mount Pleasant city area forcing other schools to close.
Fired shots were heard on the fourth floors of the college building as police confirmed they had received multiple reports about what sounds like gunfire.
Students have been urged to "hide and stay alert" by university authorities as the suspected shooter is still at large.
Police have ordered all locals to stay well clear of the area and have issued an alert call to students and university staff not long after 9 am local time (2 pm GMT).
Developing reports say the suspect has fled to nearby train tracks, police have now deployed a helicopter to search for the assailant.
The Express reports: Students described police swooping on the campus. One tweeted: “Just saw 8 cop cars drive by me on campus. Got a call 1 minute later saying there was a shooting on CMU campus. Crazy world.”
Another wrote: “I’m on CMU’s campus at work right now and just got a call that there was shots fired in the towers and they haven’t said anything about having the suspect in custody or anyone being hurt just that there was gunfire and I’m pretty terrified!!!”
A voice blared over tannoys saying the suspect was "still at large" and students should "shelter where they are".
Central Michigan University said on Twitter: "There has been a report of shots fired at Campbell Hall on campus. Suspect is still at large, police advise all to take shelter. If you see something suspicious, call 911."
Campbell Hall is understood to be a mixed-sex dormitory on the West Campus.
It also contains classroom space, gym, convenience store and study rooms.
The university’s school of humanities and behavioural sciences tweeted: “Please avoid Campbell Hall until we hear more information. We received an emergency alert of shots fired in Campbell Hall.”
Sherry Knight, associate Vice President with University Communications said the university advice to students was to stay where they are and stay in their dorm rooms or campus buildings.
Classes have been cancelled.
A student said she woke up to the shooting, tweeting: "If you’re on the CMU campus please stay inside! Stay safe everyone. This is terrifying to wake up to."
Connor Byrne who said: “Reports of Shots fired at Campbell hall, subject is a male last seen with mustard colored jeans and a blue hoodie, pistol potentially in waistband. He is not in custody and on foot north of Campbell hall. Do not move from where you are.”
The latest shooting comes just two weeks after 17 children were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Killer Nikolas Cruz, 19, sprayed automatic fire around the campus of his school sparking fury across America.
Fierce debate ensued between the pro-gun and anti-gun lobbies – with President Trump suggesting there would be no changes to firearms legislation except that he recommended arming school teachers.
Today students demanded a change to gun laws as the incident became the ninth school shooting this year.
Twitter user called Sammy tweeted: “This is our HOME and our SCHOOL. We need change. #prayforcmu”.