Seattle-area college on lockdown after reports of gunfire

Highline College was on lockdown Friday afternoon after reports of gunfire on campus.

The Des Moines, Washington college went into lockdown just before 9 a.m. Students took to Twitter saying they heard what sounded like six to eight gunshots on campus. Police, ambulances and first responders converged on the college immediately after the shooting was reported. "Please lock down all offices and classrooms until further notice", the status update reads. Renton Police Department swiftly dispatched several officers to the school to survey the premise, which is still ongoing.

"Currently police are going through all the buildings looking for victims and they have not found any indication that there is a shooter", Captain Kyle Ohashi told the Daily News.

School shooting are a major problem in the USA - with the latest one in Florida being the third most deadly in U.S. history.

Details are still forthcoming.

Police are reported to have said they were called to his family home 39 times before his mother died previous year. After the threat, the college initiated an immediate lockdown for students to barricade their doors and windows while law enforcement secured the campus and evacuated buildings.

McNeill added: "When your brain is not fully developed you don't know how to deal with these things". The school has approximately 15,000 - 20,000 enrolled students.

The town of Des Moines is located just under 20 miles north of Tacoma.

This post will be updated as new information becomes available.

Police are now on the scene investigating and searching university buildings. Police have blocked a nearby highway.

The Seattle Times reached an operator at the school by phone.

  • Rogelio Becker