Law enforcement is responding to an “active shooter” situation at a Dallas college, according to Twitter reports posted by authorities late Wednesday morning.
North Lake College, located in the Dallas suburb of Irving, was placed on “intruder lockdown” just before noon.
The college issued its first alert at 11:43 a.m. and Irving police later confirmed that shots had been fired on campus.
Police instructed those on campus to take shelter in the nearest room and advised the public to avoid the area.
Active shooter at Northlake College – avoid the area.
— Irving Police Dept. (@IrvingPD) May 3, 2017
North Lake College Intruder Lock-down. Police Searching Buildings – Follow their Instructions. If not at campus STAY AWAY (DCCCD Alerts)
— North Lake College (@northlakenow) May 3, 2017
Irving police spokesman James McLellan declined to confirm whether there are deaths or injuries related to the alleged incident. He reported that the gunman was described as a white man with a brown buzz cut, wearing an orange tank top with a gray stripe and possibly carrying a black jacket.
Student Haseeb Ahmed reported that he was attending class when he heard three gunshots, although it was not immediately apparent where the shots were fired.
Ahmed said that he and his classmates barricaded their classroom door.
“We gathered the hardest materials in our possession to throw if something happens,” he noted.
Dennis Holmes, an adjunct professor at the college, reported that he had been ordered to barricade himself and his students in the room in which they were located at the time of the incident.
Campus security later came to the room and instructed the occupants to leave.
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