BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) — A report that brings immediate action was issued on an area community college campus. Harford Community College released an alarm that an active shooter may be on the loose on Saturday.
Somebody thought they saw a man with a gun on the Harford community Campus in Bel Air. Someone made an urgent 911 call and quick cascade of reactions followed suit.
The incident was centered on the community college’s baseball fields, as two people thought they saw a man walking with a gun. Police immediately responded to the first 911 call, and within seconds other calls flooded in.
“We believe a lot of those phone calls came as a result of people yelling there’s a man with a gun, and somebody told 911 shots were fired,” says Major William Davis, with Harford County Sherrif’s Office.
The 911 call activated the college’s response.
“We sent out an alert through our emergency alert system that he might possibly be on campus, to shelter in place,” Nancy Dysard, Harford Community College spokesperson.
Police and first responders poured into the campus. The grounds and all buildings were searched and in the end,
“Right now there were no shots fired. No confirmation of shots fired,” said Maj. Davis.
No suspect was found, but that doesn’t mean someone didn’t see something suspicious. The fear it could be true led to one minor injury:
“That person had fallen down because they heard people yelling there was a man with a gun and they were running and he fell and injured his wrist,” said Maj. Davis.
Given what happened this week on a ballfield in Alexandria, when a gunman attacked Republican lawmakers, the urge to run is understandable. After police questioned everyone on the fields and finished searching the campus, people went home and police back onto patrols:
“We do not believe right now there’s a threat to the community.”
That doesn’t mean however, that police are done with the investigation. They plan to review surveillance video from a number of cameras on campus.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office would like anyone who was near the campus and may have seen something to give them a call.