‘All Clear’ For Highline College After Lockdown Draws Large Emergency Response

Harsimran Bagri, 24, right, and Gurkeert Bagri, 26, left, hug their 16-year-old sister, center, who was inside the college during the lockdown on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, outside of Highline College in Des Moines. CREDIT: KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER
Harsimran Bagri, 24, right, and Gurkeert Bagri, 26, left, hug their 16-year-old sister, center, who was inside the college during the lockdown on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, outside of Highline College in Des Moines. CREDIT: KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER

Highline College has been given the all-clear following reports of gunfire on campus Friday morning.

The school went on lockdown shortly after 9 a.m. Highline, located in Des Moines between Seattle and Tacoma, warned incoming students to stay away from campus through Facebook and automated phone recordings. Multiple police and emergency agencies, including the FBI, ATF and Washington State Patrol, and local police departments, responded to the incident, physically searching the entire campus.

Following the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida two days earlier in which 17 people were killed, authorities said they responded as if it were an active shooter situation.

Kyle Ohashi with Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority told KUOW that no victims or other evidence of a shooting on campus were found, including shell casings or holes in walls. The lockdown was lifted after nearly three hours.

Students and family were directed to a reunification site set up in a nearby Lowe’s parking lot, and classes were cancelled for the remainder of the day.

The Seattle Times said no injuries were reported, but two students were treated for asthma-related conditions and anxiety.

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