The University of Virginia Wise, a school in the western area of the state, was on lockdown for nearly two hours following a “hoax” reporting of a gunman on campus.
Around 9:30 p.m., the college posted on their website:
The college is currently in a lockdown due to an alleged gunman on campus. Find a safe place and stay put! Lock all doors until further notice!
Then, shortly before 11 p.m., the school posted an update:
10:57pm – All Clear – Lock down lifted.
Ron Elkins, the Wise County/City of Norton Commonwealth’s Attorney, tweeted “Lockdown over. It was a hoax. Everyone safe.”
Sarah Shales, a reporter at ABC 7, said police confirmed a student called 911 to report a gunman sighting on campus. However, while being interviewed, the student admitted it was a hoax.
No other information was provided.