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Lockdown at UVA Wise lifted, report of shooter ‘a hoax’

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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.

From Virginia State Police:
“Shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday night (January 23, 2013), a UVA-Wise student called 911 to report he had seen a man on campus armed with a gun. UVA-Wise Police, Town of Wise Police, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Pound Police, and Virginia State Police immediately responded to the campus to begin a building-by-building search. As the searches were being conducted, special agents with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office were interviewing the student who made the report. During the course of the interview, the student confessed that it was a hoax. Law enforcement are now clearing from the campus as the lockdown has been lifted. An investigation into the incident remains ongoing at this time.”