Shots Fired At A Teacher At The NOVA Campus In Woodbridge
Jillian Coyle 2 hrs ago
WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A student at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in Woodbridge brought a long-barreled weapon into one of the buildings on campus Tuesday afternoon and reportedly aimed and fired shots at a teacher.
Prince William County Police Spokeswoman First Sgt. Kim Chinn tells 9NEWS NOW that the teacher, a woman who was not immediately identified, "hit the floor" and was not struck by the gunshots. Campus officials say the teacher also warned other students about the young man with the gun. Police say that no one was injured in the incident, but it prompted a large-scale "active shooter" response by both county police and campus police.
Chinn says the incident began at at about 2:40 p.m., when the young adult male suspect, armed with a high-powered rifle entered the Main Administration Building of the NOVA-Woodbridge Campus, located on Neabsco Road and fired multiple times. There had been some initial reports received that a teacher had been shot on campus, but a short time later police reported that the alleged shooter was in custody, and there were no injuries reported.
As a precaution, the school was put on lock down as the Prince William county police SWAT team conducted a floor-by-floor sweep of the buildings on campus. Students and teachers are being released in small groups after each floor has been cleared.
The school posted a statement on its website alerting students and the community about the incident. Classes were cancelled for the remainder of the evening, including those NOVA classes being held at nearby Freedom High School.
We'll have more details on this incident and additional coverage on 9NEWS NOW throughout the evening.
Written by Bill Starks
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