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

August 31, 2016 Updated: August 31, 2016

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.