JCCC lockdown canceled after reports of person with weapon; classes to resume Friday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - UPDATE, 10:15 p.m.; The JCCC issued the following statement this evening: 

This evening JCCC Police received a report that a person had been spotted on campus with a weapon. Police take such reports very seriously. As a result, the campus was locked down as police checked rooms and spoke to the person who reported the situation. To ensure safety precautions, all evening classes were canceled.

After searching the buildings, the police were not able to find anyone, and the lockdown was lifted a little after 7 p.m.

“JCCC has never experienced such a situation before,” said JCCC president Joe Sopcich. “We are proud of the way our JCCC Police Department responded to the initial report, and we’d like to thank the Overland Park Police Department, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol and MedAct for their very quick deployment on campus. We are grateful the situation ended well."

UPDATE, 7:06 p.m.: The lockdown was lifted at 7 p.m. Thursday, and it was announced that classes would  resume on Friday.

ORIGINAL STORY: Johnson County Community College campus was on lockdown for several hours after reports of a suspicious person with a weapon.

The entire JCCC campus was on lockdown following multiple reports of a suspicious person with a weapon. The college canceled classes for the remainder of the day. 

Officer Dan Robles with the JCCC campus police spoke with media about the lockdown. He said the office received a call at 3:11 p.m. with a report of a white female, approximately 5' 10'' with dark hair was possibly carrying a shotgun on campus. 

He said officers did not made contact with anyone fitting the description. 

Robles said law enforcement was checking surveillance footage and worked to clear the buildings on the 250 acre campus. 

Robles also told loved ones not to try to come on campus, but they can wait across the street. 

"[The students on campus] are in a safe environment. We have trained for this. We have a lot of police agencies assisting us right now. We're ready to handle this situation," Robles said. 

A student called in to 41 Action News to describe the situation at the school. 

Sarah Marquardt is a sophomore at the school, and she was in the Carlsen Center. 

"We can't really see much of anything. Most people are in classrooms," she said. 

Sarah said she didn't see anyone, and she said students were trying to stay calm. 

Sarah also said police were in the building with guns drawn and ready. 

She said students received a text when the lockdown was issued. 

According to campus police, they have received two reports of a person with a weapon.

Overland Park police worked with campus police to assess the scene. 

A person at the college tweeted this photo.

 

 

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