After receiving anonymous calls about a “potential shooter on-campus,” D.C. police confirmed an “all-clear” with no evidence of neither a shooter or a gun at Howard University on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
According to an official statement from Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick, at approximately 11:52 a.m. Howard University received a call from students in the Ralph Bunche Center reporting a shooting at the College of Medicine.
While officers did not find anything suspicious at the time of the call, during the time of the search, Frederick said the Metropolitan Police Department also received anonymous calls of a potential armed gunman on campus. That’s when authorities soon evacuated and cleared several buildings on-campus to ensure the safety of the university.
“After a thorough sweep and investigation, it was concluded that there was no evidence of an armed gunman on campus. An all-clear was issued at approximately 2 p.m.,” said Frederick in a statement. “Our No. 1 priority is the safety of every member of the Howard community.”
Due to the events that occurred on-campus, Howard University suspended classes for the remainder of the day. The suspicious occurrence comes as Howard recently kicked off its annual homecoming week.
This latest incident also comes two weeks after John Edgar Rust was arrested by the FBI for 2015 threats he made against students on the campus. It also comes after hate symbols were found in a bathroom on campus.