Police investigate report of person with a firearm Saturday at Harford Community College – Baltimore Sun
Police in Harford County rushed to Harford Community College Saturday afternoon to investigate a report of an active shooter but found no one with a firearm after a building-by-building search.
The Harford County Sheriff’s office reported on Twitter: “Media update: No confirmation of active shooter or shots fired at HCC. Please avoid area.”
After searching the campus east of Bel Air for some two hours, however, no one with a firearm was found; police could not say if the report was a hoax or false alarm.
About 4:15 p.m., Maj. Jack Simpson, commander of the Sheriff’s Office Administrative Operations Bureau, said the lockdown that was placed on the campus should be lifted in about 10 minutes.
Sheriff’s deputies were continuing to search the APG Federal Credit Union Arena and HCC public safety officers were searching the observatory, he said.
“As soon as we’re done with the buildings, we’ll open it back up,” Simpson said, noting that “the college will gradually move back into normal operations.”
Police were also talking with people on the baseball fields, where they believe the report of someone with a firearm originated.
“Before we release everybody from the field we want to know who heard something, and if they saw something we want to know want they saw,” Simpson said.
The campus was fully reopened by 4:30 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Office received a call around 2 p.m. about person armed with a gun who had possibly fired shots on the baseball field, Major William Davis, commander of the Sheriff’s Office’s Police Operations Bureau, said.
A deputy was at the field within five minutes and “we located nobody with a gun on scene,” Davis said.
Deputies talked with two witnesses who saw a person with a gun, one of whom said they saw the gun in the person’s hand and the other who just saw a dark object, Davis said.
“The suspect possibly had on a mask, as well,” Davis said.
Deputies were notified around 2:10 p.m. of an injury: a person who heard people yelling about a man with a gun began running, fell down and injured his wrist.
“Right now we have started to clear the college. Deputies are going through the college searching, making sure nobody else is in the college with a gun or any of those descriptions and we’ll be securing the campus pretty soon,” Davis said during a media briefing.
Multiple calls were received at Harford County 911, which Davis said he believes were a result of people yelling “there’s a man with a gun.”
“Somebody had told 911 that there were shots fired but nobody reported on scene that any shots were fired,” Davis said.
Multiple police agencies from across the county responded to HCC, including the Bel Air and Havre de Grace police departments, Maryland State Police and Maryland Natural Resources Police, he said.
“When we get a call like this, regardless of whether we have it confirmed yet or not you’re going to get a massive response from the county,” Davis said.