Lockdown Lifted at UVA-Wise

Update: 11:35 p.m.

WISE, Va. (AP) -- A lockdown at a Virginia university has been lifted after state police determined a report of a gunman on campus to be a hoax.

Virginia State Police Public Relations Director Corinne N. Geller said in a news release Wednesday night that police officers from various departments who flooded the campus following the initial report were leaving and the lockdown was being lifted.

Geller said that the UVA-Wise student called 911 shortly before 9 p.m. to report that he had seen an armed gunman on campus. She said police officers from the university, town, county and state immediately responded and began a building-by-building search while state police agents interviewed the student.

Geller said during that interview, "the student confessed that it was a hoax."


Wise, VA - The University of Virginia-Wise campus is currently on a lockdown. The schools website says the lockdown is due to reports of a person with a gun on campus.

The website also says they want everyone on campus to find a safe place, stay put, and lock all doors until further notice. Wise County Dispatchers say the campus has been on lockdown since 9:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Campus police say no one has been hurt and they believe everyone on campus is safe. We'll keep you posted on this.