No evidence of gunfire at college campus near Seattle, police say

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Authorities say they found no evidence of a shooting at a Washington state community college where there were reports of shots fired earlier in the day.

Kent Assistant Police Chief Rafael Padilla said Friday that authorities walked the entire Highline College campus and did not find anything. The school of about 17,000 in Des Moines was placed on lockdown about 9 a.m.

Just before noon, the school says law enforcement told them the situation was “all clear.” Classes for the remainder of the day were canceled.


Heavily armed police swarmed Highline College on Friday morning after the reports of shots fired. Students were told to shelter in place as police searched the campus.

About an hour after the initial report, the South King Fire and Rescue agency tweeted it knew of “no known” victims.

The school is about 15 miles south of Seattle. It has about 17,000 students.


12:31 p.m.: This article was updated to say no evidence of a shotting was found.

11 a.m.: This article was updated with information from fire officials about no known injuries.

This article was originally published at 10:10 a.m.