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.
Active shooter reported at Carpenter hall. Last seen in vicinity of Lee hall. Seek Safety immediately— MSU Maroon Alert (@maroonalert) August 27, 2015
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."
Continue to shelter in place until further notice. Stay away from campus. Stay inside buildings.— MSU Maroon Alert (@maroonalert)August 27, 2015
We as issuing an all clear. Classes and normal campus operations will resume at 2pm.— MSU Maroon Alert (@maroonalert) August 27, 2015
There have been no additional reports of any danger. Please remain calm and follow Maroon Alerts outlets for accurate information— MSU Maroon Alert (@maroonalert) August 27, 2015
This tweet appears to show a man with his hands behind his back talking to authorities:
Photo taken outside McCool Hall on MSU campus. Police have one person in custody. Stay indoors until all clear. pic.twitter.com/7QwmQj5O6L— Scot Pilie' (@ScotPilie_Wx) August 27, 2015
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.
Gunshots heard near Hilbun Hall on the N side of MSU short time ago. Unconfirmed reports of potentially two shooters. Please stay inside.— Scot Pilie' (@ScotPilie_Wx) August 27, 2015
You never think these things can happen to your school, they can. Praying everyone is safe. #MSU— Scot Pilie' (@ScotPilie_Wx) August 27, 2015
According to unconfirmed reports on Twitter, the suspect was reportedly taken into custody from McCool Hall on the university's campus.
Person taken into custody in McCool Hall (business school). Shelter in place warning still applies— Scott Stricklin (@stricklinMSU) August 27, 2015
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.
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