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Flunked-out medical student suspected of causing shooting scare at Howard University

Flunked-out medical student suspected of causing shooting scare at Howard University. (ABC7)

After the shooting scare at Howard University on Tuesday, questions remain about what happened and if there was ever an active shooter on campus.

ABC7’s Sam Ford talked with DC Police Chief Peter Newsham to learn more.

"It does not appear to be a hoax,” Newsham says. “It seems like the initial caller called because they received information from a third party so they called in good faith."

Stephen Whetstone of Howard’s Health Sciences section tells Sam Ford they were aware of an angry former medical student who had flunked out and had made numerous threats.

"He had made threats to come back and shoot up the testing center at Stokes Library … so he had made that kind of threat and I think he was pretty much targeting his former classmates," Whetstone says.

Court papers show the same man was the subject of a stay-away order from his former girlfriend, also a student, and that he had warned that if she alerted authorities that her sister and grandmother would be targeted. She fears for her safety.

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