An active shooter terrorized Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The institution placed an alert on its website at 2:33 p.m. local time. However, the lockdown may be over.
[Update: April 21, 5:10 am]
Clayton Police mentioned that the department received an email with additional information regarding the university shooting. Allegedly, this was a situation involving road rage. The email indicated that the victim — a confirmed employee of Café Bon Appétit — was the target.
Shots were fired at the victim’s car after the shooter made a U-turn on Forsyth and drove onto Skinker Boulevard in pursuit of the woman. Accordingly, law enforcement officials have not shared the number of shots fired.
While the shooting incident did occur near the university, St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes that it didn’t necessary have anything to do with the school. However, the investigation is still ongoing.
Likewise, Vice Chancellor Jill Friedman stated that no Washington University students were involved in the incident, as mentions Fox News. In additional, she mentioned that all questions should be directed at police in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton.
According to Washington University, there’s a confirmed shooter on the loose. The university reports that a female student was shot in the arm earlier in the afternoon.
The announcement states as follows.
“A person WITH A WEAPON has been reported on the Danforth campus. GO TO a place where you feel safe and remain there until further notice.”
ALERT: A person was injured in a shooting on the Danforth Campus at Forsyth near Mallinckrodt Ctr. Continue to shelter in place.— Washington U. (@WUSTL) April 20, 2016
Likewise, in a series of four tweets, Washington University reported that at 2:30 p.m. local time, the aforementioned active shooter incident happened on “Forsyth Boulevard near the Mallinkrodt Center of Washington University.” The university student’s injuries are reported as non-life-threatening. The victim was transported to a nearby medical hospital for treatment.
In addition, Washington University mentions that Clayton Police are working alongside the university’s campus police in an investigation regarding the active shooting incident. While no further information has been made available, WU states that all inquiries should be sent to Clayton Police rather than the university itself.
At approximately 2:47 p.m. local time, the institution gave an “all clear” announcement and allowed students, faculty, and staff to resume campus activities.
ALL CLEAR. The campus emergency is over. You may resume your normal activities. For further information visit https://t.co/6nEsAjlRH3— Washington U. (@WUSTL) April 20, 2016
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police are searching for the university shooter. Campus witnesses mention that the shooting suspect fled the university scene in a black SUV. Currently, law enforcement authorities are trying to locate this particular vehicle.
However, Fox News also reports that police are investigating a silver car that acquired bullet holes during the active shooter incident at Washington University. Yet, the news source doesn’t provide details about the vehicle.
The Inquisitr will continue to update this story as updates and developments occur. All in all, what do you think about the Washington University? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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