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Southwestern Community College in Sylva, North Carolina, went into “an immediate lockdown” Tuesday morning as police sought to apprehend a felon near the Jackson campus, the school said in an alert.
The college initially alerted students of an “active shooter” situation near campus, but later said, “Our latest info is that this is not an active shooter situation at this time.”
“Law enforcement officials tell us believe they are close to apprehending a felon who is on the loose,” Southwestern said in an 11:05 a.m. update. “The subject initially fled to a wooded area behind Lowe’s. We will send another update within 15 minutes.”
An earlier update said that the individual sought by police was wearing body armor.
The school advised faculty to secure students in the building, secure work areas and to lock classroom, office and suite doors, in an alert sent just before 10:30 a.m.
Doors were not to be unlocked or entry allowed until the administration or law enforcement cleared the situation, according to the school.
Southwestern Community College’s Jackson campus is located in Sylva, a town in Jackson County in western North Carolina.
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