The lock down at the University of Virginia's College at Wise is now lifted and has been called a hoax.
The university website was temporarily down, possibly from high traffic. It now loads with the following information:
• 9:28pm - The college is currently in a lockdown due to an alleged gunman on campus. Find a safe place and stay put! Lock all doors until further notice!
• 10:08pm - Lock down continues. Alleged gunman on campus. Stay put, lock all doors until further instructions.
• 10:57pm - Lock down lifted. All Clear.
The website was back online around 11:30 p.m.
Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney tweeted:" Lockdown over. It was a hoax. Everyone safe."
According to Virginia State Police, a student called 911 around 9 p.m. Wednesday to report a gunman on campus. When interviewed by special agents with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Wytheville Field Office, the student confessed that it was a hoax.
Police are investigating the incident. No charges have been announced at this time.
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