Report of gunman on Northwestern University campus was hoax

Weber Arch and University Hall at Northwestern University in Evanston Ill

Central Time, when school administrators say they received a call that shots had been fired inside Engelhart Hall, which houses some graduate students and their families.

Evanston police are calling reports of a gunman at a residence hall near Northwestern University's Evanston campus on Wednesday a hoax. Police said they determined the report was not credible and were "prepared to call the incident a hoax".

Cops searched the home and discovered it was empty with no sign of a shooter nor a victim.

"Remain in safe place", the university tweeted. People were urged to stay away from the area.

The university tweeted: "NU EMERGENCY: Person with gun on Evanston campus".

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Students were notified of an "emergency" at 2:40 p.m. about a person with a gun on campus, the school's student newspaper, The Daily Northwestern reported.

The Valentine's Day massacre left 17 people dead and has prompted renewed calls for gun control. The building is located five blocks from the main part of the Evanston campus, and is close to the Foster CTA stop, several apartment buildings and other off-campus student housing. Seek shelter if in the area. "They had tables and chair barricaded against doors", said student Andrew Merica. Authorities on the scene later indicated that there was "no evidence" supporting the claims.

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