A WASHINGTON university is on lockdown after unconfirmed reports of gunfire on campus.
Highline College in Des Moines warned staff to “lock down all offices and classrooms”, adding: “This is not a drill.”
“Close doors, close windows,” it reads on Highline University’s Facebook page, which says police are evacuating buildings.
It added: “Police are responding to campus. Do not come to campus if you are on your way.”
Renton Police Department said it and “multiple agencies are assisting at Highline Community College for reports of shots fired”.
Armed police officers were seen patrolling the campus where several ambulances and police cars are already on the scene.
It added: ” Please avoid area if possible while agencies continue to evaluate situation.”
Panicked students have been tweeting and texting their loved ones, claiming to have heard gunshots.
“Heard six to eight gunshots waking to class at and now we’re in lockdown,” tweeted student Adrian Esparza.
Meanwhile Erika Ramos tweeted a screenshot of a text saying: “There’s gunshots on campus.
“I love you… If anything happens I’ll always love you,” says the text from a sender saved in her phone as Potato Chip”.
Her caption reads: “My heart is so f*****g heavy right now. If you’re at Highline, please stay safe.”
The worrying reports come just days after troubled teen Nikolas Cruz killed 17 at a Florida high school.
The expelled student today claimed “demon voices” told him to massacre staff and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day.
Police are reported to have said they were called to his family home 39 times before his mother died last year.
The sheriff’s office is said to have received a emergency calls relating to things including “mentally ill person”, “child/elderly abuse”, “domestic disturbance” and “missing person”.
Cruz, who had been kicked out of school for fighting with his ex-‘s boyfriend months before, faces 17 counts of premeditated murder.
But his attorney Melisa McNeill even put her arm around the gun nut during a brief court hearing yesterday where he only spoke to confirm his name.
She said Cruz – who moved in with a pal’s family after his adoptive mum Lynda, 68, died in November – did not have a “support system” and “that affects the people around you”.
McNeill added: “When your brain is not fully developed you don’t know how to deal with these things.”