Lockdown lifted at Washington State Capitol Campus after search for possible gunman

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A lockdown has been lifted at the Washington State Capitol Campus in Olympia after police responded to reports of shots fired.

Washington State Patrol spokesperson Kyle Moore said authorities never found any evidence of gunfire, a gunman or anyone being shot.

Students, faculty, and staff received a text alert telling them to shelter in place shortly after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.

An employee overheard someone mention they heard what sounded like gunshots and called 911 to report it, Moore said. Police searched the Natural Resources Building, the OB2 building and a nearby parking garage. They did not find anything suspicious

Videos from inside a Capitol building showed SWAT officers speaking with employees. One person, who shared video with Q13 News, said she was about to donate blood when they were asked to stop because of “reports of a gunman on campus.”

Troopers advised everyone to stay away from the Capitol while employees were asked to stay indoors. The Washington State Patrol lifted the lockdown around 10:30 a.m.

In a media briefing, Moore said to expect extra law enforcement on the campus for the rest of the day. The bomb squad will be searching two buildings on the campus as a precaution.

Moore said if anyone sees anything suspicious, please call 911 and report it.

We’ll update this article when more information becomes available.