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Mississippi State University Reports 'Active Shooter,' Suspect in Custody

"Classes and normal campus operations will resume at 2pm."

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Mississippi State University issued an emergency alert Thursday morning, telling students and staff of an "active shooter" situation and encouraged people to "shelter in place."

The alert posted by the Starkville university's Emergency Information department on Twitter around at 10:20 a.m. local time said there was an "active shooter" at Carpenter Hall and near Lee Hall.

By 10:25 a.m. local time, the emergency department's website stated that the suspect was in custody and people were encouraged to continue seeking safety and sheltering in place. After 10:40 a.m. the university said there were no injuries reported and no reported shots fired at this time. Shortly before 11 a.m. local time (noon ET), the university issued an "all clear" and said it would be operating under "under advisory conditions."

This tweet appears to show a man with his hands behind his back talking to authorities:

Tyler Brain, the sports information director for Mississippi State Men's Golf Team, tweeted the following photos:

Pilie, a meteorology student at Mississippi State University, tweeted before that gunshots were reportedly heard in Hilbun Hall and that there were potentially two suspected shooters.

According to unconfirmed reports on Twitter, the suspect was reportedly taken into custody from McCool Hall on the university's campus.

WJTV-TV reported that all Starkville-Oktibbeha Schools were on lockdown.

The news station also reported that the university's spokesman confirmed to the Associated Press that a person was arrested, but did not provide further information.

Front page image via Shutterstock.

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