013020 kingwood officials talk about incident

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A report of shots being fired on the west side of the Kingwood College Campus has not been validated. Multiple Police agencies responded including New Caney ISD Police, HPD, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Precinct 4 Constables responded when someone called in that a suspect had a gun near the auditorium with than hearing possible shots fired. Units are searching the area and coming up empty-handed. Students on the West Campus and officers on campus report not hearing any shots. Only one call was received. Reports came from the music hall.

151PM- UPDATE-MULTIPLE POLICE ON SCENE NOT FINDING ANYTHING.
155PM-LONE STAR COLLEGE IS NOW ON LOCKDOWN AND CAMPUS OFFICIALS ADVISE STUDENTS TO GO TO NEAR WEST ROOM AND LOCK THE DOOR.
205PM-NOTHING FOUND CLEARING LAST BUILDING NOW
223PM-ALL BUILDINGS CLEAR
Students being escorted out and a new search will start.

Chief Paul Willingham, Chief of Police for Lone Star College said the first call originated from a young woman in a parking lot calling a friend who was in a building on the campus that there were multiple shots fired. That girl then calls 911 to report it. The 911 call was directed to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office who in the initial response included almost all East County Deputies, Precinct 4 Deputies, Patton Village, New Caney ISD Police, Roman Forest, DPS and Splendora Officers. Units arrived and immediately started trying to locate the person on the phone. With such a large campus that took a bit as they slowly worked their way into the campus area. Several others outside heard the shots also. Once everything was secured outside the student were escorted outside leaving belongings behind and hands in the air. Once students were out officers moved in to start a room to room check looking in every crevice possible. At this point, Harris County Sheriffs Office Mobile Command, SWAT and Hostage Negotiation Team also arrived. Houston Police were also alerted as was Harris County Precinct 4 Constables and Humble Police. Two students required medical treatment due to anxiety issues from the incident. Once the building was clear students were allowed back in to get their belongings. At the conclusion, it has not been determined if there were even shots fired or a vehicle backfire. If there were, it could possibly have been hunters in the thousands of acres of woods near the campus as it was said there were about 20 shots. With the cold day, the sound of a shot could travel long distances.

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