Police Searching for Armed Suspect at Georgia’s Columbus State University
Police Searching for Armed Suspect at Georgia’s Columbus State University

COLUMBUS, Ga.—Columbus State University police say they’re searching the Georgia campus after receiving a report of an armed suspect in a student residence hall on the campus.

Columbus State said in a statement shortly before noon Wednesday that campus police are searching for a man described as being 17 to 19 years old, and wearing dark clothes and a stocking cap.

In an alert sent to students, the university said residents are encouraged to stay in their rooms; and that others are encouraged to avoid the area as police search for the suspect.

School officials said the search was focused on Clearview Hall, a recently opened residential complex on campus. The school’s website states that Clearview Hall houses first-year students in suite-style housing.

The school is in Columbus, Georgia, about 100 miles southwest of Atlanta.

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