AU lockdown cleared after reports of suspected gunman

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(WJLA) - The lockdown placed at American University on Wednesday evening is cleared after reports of a suspected gunman, according to school officials.

D.C. Police responded to the campus in Northwest Washington at about 8 p.m., urging students to take shelter and instructing the public to stay away from the campus.{ }

After AU Police released photos of the individuals in connection with the suspicions and conducted a thorough investigation, D.C. Police reported no injuries and that the university has resumed normal operations at approximately 9:23 p.m.

The person in question turned out to be an off-duty MPD officer. The reporting party allegedly saw the gun in a holster and called the police department.

A statement released Wednesday night by the university states:

"American University thanks the entire AU community for their cooperation during this incident. Every student is safe tonight. In this case, someone saw something and said something. The system worked," said Camille Lepre, assistant vice president of communication.