Highline College in Washington state on lockdown after reports of gunfire

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DES MOINES, Wa. — Highline College in Washington state is on lockdown after reports of gunfire on the campus south of Seattle, the college said Friday morning in Facebook posts and automated phone recordings, but police said there was no immediate indication of a shooting.

“I will stop short of giving it an all-clear,” because police haven’t finished checking the campus, said Capt. Kyle Ohashi of the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.

But authorities haven’t found evidence of a shooting, Ohashi said late Friday morning, some two hours after police first responded to the reports.

The lockdown comes two days after a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead.

Highline College’s Facebook page first mentioned a lockdown and the report of shots fired in a post shortly before 9 a.m. (noon ET).

More than two hours later, another post read that the lockdown continued.

“Remain in lockdown until released by law enforcement,” the post said.

Police in Renton, Washington, near the Highline campus, said they were among the agencies responding to the reports.

Highline is a community college in Des Moines, a few miles south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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