Shots Fired At Highline College In Des Moines, WA; School On Lockdown

DES MOINES, Wash. — Highline College was placed on lockdown Friday morning amid reports of gunfire on campus.

The Des Moines, Washington college first posted about the incident just before 9:00 a.m.  The college says that police were evacuating buildings and assessing the situation.

As of 10:00 a.m., South King Fire tweeted that there were no known victims of a shooting.

Few details were immediately available, but police confirmed they were responding to Highline College:

“Remain in lockdown – This is not a drill

Police are responding and evacuating buildings. Remain in lockdown position. We will update you as further details become available. This is an unfolding situation.”

Multiple police agencies including the Washington State Patrol are responding to the college. Video from the scene showed a massive police response.

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Renton police said there were reports of “shots fired” but that has not been confirmed.

Officials said families in need of information are asked to go to the NW corner of the Lowe’s parking lot.

Families that want information or need a location to go to regarding Highline Incident (still unconfirmed) are being directed to Lowes NW corner parking lot a this time./sh

Kent police said a large police presence was at the school and along Pacific Highway South between 240th and Kent-Des Moines Road: “Please avoid the area if possible.”

Southbound I-5 briefly closed near SR 516, but quickly reopened. More closures are possible.

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

Q13 News is headed to the scene. This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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