Reports of shooting near Northwestern University a 'hoax,' 'swatting incident'

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Students at Englehart Hall are being told to shelter in place after a person with a gun was reported at a residential building near Northwestern University's Evanston campus Wednesday afternoon. "Seek shelter if in the area".

The person who called Evanston police said that a man was preparing to shoot his girlfriend in one of the dorms of Engelhart Hall, Evanston Police Cmdr.

Northwestern urged students on campus to "remain behind locked doors" but not long after the first emergency alert was issued told community members not in area that they "no longer need to stay behind locked doors".

Evanston Police so far said they have found "no evidence of a victim, scene or gunman" but are continuing to search and secure the area.

School spokesman Alan Cubbage said university officials had received a report of shots inside Engelhart Hall, which houses apartments for Northwestern graduate students and their families.

"If not on campus, stay away".

According to Chicago Sun News, police have officially called the incident a "hoax".

Glew said swatting incidents can become risky.

As this story is developing, more information will be added and updated as made available.

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