(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Students have been told to seek safe shelter at the University of South Carolina, and the public health building has been placed on lockdown, after reports of a shooting, the school said on Thursday.
The school issued an alert at 1:15 p.m. ET over its campus-wide emergency response system and its affiliated social media accounts reporting shots fired. But less than an hour later, it followed up saying that there was “no longer an existing threat on campus.”
The public health building and surrounding streets remain closed but school officials have still not released any information about the nature of the threat.
Immediately after the initial threat, fire trucks as well as members of the Columbia police department were seen near the New School of Public Health.
Students inside the public health building, which was the only facility placed on a direct lock down, began posting to social media about the situation and sharing photos from inside.
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