Lockdowns lifted for 2 Atlanta colleges following reports of gunshots, police say

ATLANTA — Two colleges in Atlanta were under lockdown Sunday night after officials said they received reports of gunshots in the area.

Atlanta police told Channel 2 Action News they received reports of shots fired in the area of Beckwith Hall at Clark Atlanta University around 8:10 p.m.

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At 8:12 p.m., officials put Clark Atlanta University on lockdown. Spelman College also put its campus on lockdown after being notified of a potential shooting.

Clark Atlanta officials send the following note to families:

“Shortly after 8:10 p.m. this evening, the Atlanta Police Department responded to shots fired near Beckwith Hall at Clark Atlanta University. To ensure the safety of our students and staff, we have put the campus on lockdown until further notice and are working with authorities to investigate this incident further. Parents, you should have also received a text message via CAU’s Everbridge alert system to inform you of this incident. Again, the campus is on lockdown until further notice, and at this time, there are no reported injuries. We will continue to provide updates as we receive them from law enforcement.


Clark Atlanta University Office of Student Affairs”


Police told Channel 2 Action News they found no victims or suspects in the area the shots were reported.

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CAU officials said campus public safety, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, and APD would continue to patrol the area heavily.

The gunshots were reported in the same area where CAU baseball player was killed outside a Catholic center a week ago.

No further information has been provided following the incident.

Both colleges have lifted their lockdowns.


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