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The Lookout | March 24, 2019

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LCC campus locked down due to weapon scare

LCC campus locked down due to weapon scare
The Lookout

Jeremy Kohn
Co-Editor in Chief

Fear struck Lansing Community College’s campus Monday, April 7.

A call was made to the Ingham County 911 center, with the caller stating that a person near Dart Auditorium on LCC’s campus was spotted with a gun.

The caller described the person as someone wearing a backpack with a long gun coming out of it, LCC Police Chief William French said.

At 10:03 a.m., emails and other social media warned students and employees to stay away from campus due to a possible suspect with a weapon near Dart Auditorium.

Lansing Police Department worked with LCC police in the investigation. Dart Auditorium and surrounding areas, including President Brent Knight’s on-campus house, were searched.

French was among the officers who investigated. He said the only thing going on in Dart Auditorium at the time of the call was a guitar class.

“We decided to put out an announcement to stay away from Dart,” French said. “We then searched Dart.”

French said no suspects were found in Dart Auditorium or the surrounding areas.

“I think he (the caller) possibly saw somebody with a guitar going in there,” French said.

An all-clear was issued via email and social media at 10:20 a.m.  Students were told, “There is no danger on campus at this time.”

French said he was pleased at how the Lansing Police Department worked together with the LCC Police to conduct the search in an efficient and timely manner.

“Everything went fine,” French said. “We worked real well with LPD. They were here quickly.”

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