“D.C. police locate a “suspicious person” at Catholic University,” By Martin Weil, Washington Post, December 8, 2015 (thanks to Patrick):
Catholic University students were advised Tuesday night for the second time in less than 24 hours to shelter in place while authorities investigated a report of a possible armed suspect on campus.
Just before 9 p.m., the D.C. police said they had “located the suspicious person.”
About an hour later, the university said it had lifted the shelter in place order. It also said that the person who had prompted Tuesday night’s order was not the same person who had been sought during the alert that began early Tuesday.
The university’s Tuesday night alert was sent about 8:30 p.m. and advised members of the university community to shelter in place while D.C. police and the university’s public safety department investigated the report. of a possible suspect.
A strikingly similar alert was issued about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. Authorities said they searched, but nothing was found.The university said the Monday night/Tuesday morning search was initiated after a custodial worker reported being approached by a man with a weapon.
The man reportedly approached the worker at Panborn Hall about 10:30 p..m. Monday, and asked directions to the administration building.
In a message posted Tuesday on the university’s Facebook site, the university’s president, John Garvey, offered an explanation of the overnight response. He said the suspect had “made claims that sounded to our custodian like terroristic threats.”
A description provided on a university social media site had said the individual had a Middle Eastern appearance.
The alerts heightened tensions on a campus where students are preparing for finals. They came at a time of increased concern in this country and around the world about terrorist attacks and mass shootings.Comments posted on the university’s Facebook site indicated a variety of responses, including fear, calls for prayer and suggestions that finals be canceled and students be sent home.
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