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A Texas Tech police officer was killed in the headquarters of the campus police department, Lubbock police confirmed to KCBD-TV.
Social media reports flooded in of a possible “active shooter,” but, thus far, there were no reports of anyone else being shot. However, the shooter was still at large, the television station reported. Students were told to take shelter as the incident broke the evening of October 9.
Texas Tech released an emergency alert via its website. It read, “This is an emergency notification from Texas Tech University. A shooting has been reported at the Texas Tech Police Department. At this time, the shooter is still at large. The campus is on lockdown. Take shelter in a safe location. Additional information to come. For more information go to emergency.ttu.edu.”
The university also released the same information on Twitter.
Lubbock police said on Twitter only that they were giving a report to the news media shortly.
“Lubbock police confirm that a Texas Tech police officer has been shot and killed at Texas Tech Police Headquarters,” the television station reported. “It happened around 8 p.m. on Monday night at Texas Tech Police Department headquarters, 413 Flint Avenue.”
The television station provided this early description of the suspect, although the situation was just unfolding: “Early reports say the shooting suspect is 6 feet tall, 140 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.”
Reports on social media indicated that the shooter was at large, and the campus was in lockdown mode.
“Active shooter on campus and we are on lockdown. Cops everywhere helicopters everywhere. I’m safe,” wrote one young man in a social media phenomenon that has become all too familiar of late, with the Las Vegas mass shooting still on many people’s minds.
One man wrote this account on Twitter, but authorities had not verified it as rumors and panic spread: “Just heard shooter may be at Talkington hall, if you know anybody there please tell them to stay inside make sure no one can get in.”