D.C. police say no evidence found of shooter at Howard University
Calls about a possible active shooter at Howard University on Tuesday that drew a large police response came after a student’s ex-boyfriend repeatedly threatened her and warned her about being on campus, according to law enforcement officials and court documents.
Police found no gun and no shooter and said they were looking into the alleged threats. Several officials said the man had been rejected for the university’s medical program and barred from the Northwest Washington campus two weeks ago. They believe the calls about a shooter were made by people concerned about the young woman’s safety and fueled by false rumors.
The ex-girlfriend had obtained a temporary protection order against the man and said in her court petition that he told her, “Do not go to campus” and “there are those that will see you hurt more than words.” She wrote that he warned her that “going to police is unacceptable” and that he knew she had an exam Tuesday and that he would be there. Police said the young man was not in custody but was being investigated.
The shooting scare came during the run-up to Howard’s homecoming celebration this weekend and the anticipated visit by thousands of graduates and others for activities at the historically black college founded in 1867.
D.C. police reacted swiftly to the emergency calls, sending more than 100 officers, many armed with semiautomatic rifles. They searched three campus buildings, closed streets and put the campus under lockdown for two hours. Classes were canceled for the day.