CHICAGO (CBSNewYork/CBS Chicago) — Authorities in Chicago announced on Wednesday reports of shots fired and a possible person with a gun on Northwestern University’s campus were a hoax.

Northwestern tweeted that the false report was called in to police in Evanston.

The university warned initially people to stay away from the campus, and those already on campus to shelter in place amid the reports, CBS Chicago reported.

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Evanston Police initially responded to the call for shots fired near the corner of Emerson Street and Maple Avenue shortly after 2 pm local time.

Northwestern says the investigation was focused near Engelhart Hall, a graduate school dormitory near Emerson and Maple. Police said they searched the area of the reported shooting and did not find anything, but warned the “area is not secure and not safe” as officers have blocked off the intersection for over two hours, CBS Chicago reported.


Once the all clear was given, authorities turned their attention to probing the false report.