Olympia capitol campus lockdown: No threat after suspicious noises reported

by: KIRO 7 News Staff Updated:

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Capitol Campus in Olympia was on lockdown Wednesday morning on the east part of the campus after suspicious noises were reported.

Olympia Police Department. told KIRO 7 News that some people on campus reported the "suspicious noises" that sounded like gunshots. Law enforcement has not found a gunman, and they are still searching campus.

>> See photos from the scene here

Washington State Patrol reports the scene is at the Department of Natural Resources building.

A Washington State Patrol spokesman believes there's no reason to believe the Washington State Capitol Campus in Olympia is under a threat. The lockdown has since been lifted.

For a report on KIRO 7 News at 5 p.m., we talk with authorities about the large police response when only one 911 call was made. Watch on-air or online here.

Timeline: How events unfolded

Below is a log of real-time updates as we received them into our newsroom.

[10:46 am.]

WSP spokesman Kyle Moore held a news briefing with reporters and reiterated information given by Olympia Police Department about someone calling 911 about suspicious noises. According to Moore, a person who heard the noises told a state employee, who then called 911.

Moore reports that authorities have not found anything to "indicate a gunman" or the individual who first reported the noises. WSP is bringing in its bomb squad as a precaution.

[10:29 a.m.]

A state government reporter for The Tacoma News Tribune reports the lockdown has been lifted. A news briefing will be held soon.

Image: Walker Orenstein

[10:26 a.m.]

Tumwater School District reports a nearby school, New Market Skills Center, went into lockdown. The district did not have information about why it went into lockdown mode. All teachers and staff are safe.

[10:22 a.m.]

WSP says the campus remains on lockdown and that its department does not have confirmation on what prompted the police response.

[10:20 a.m.]

People who are locked down on campus are tweeting that law enforcement officers are still combing through buildings.

Social media is flooded with unconfirmed reports of a possible gunman on campus.

Police told KIRO 7 News that it does not have any confirmation of a gunman.

[10:16 a.m.]

Patrol spokesman Kyle Moore  Patrol spokesman Kyle Moore told The Associated Press he didn't immediately know what prompted the police response Wednesday morning. He says the state Department of Enterprise has initiated a campus-wide lockdown.

Gov. Jay Inslee and first lady Trudi Inslee are safe, according to Moore.

[10:03 a.m.]

A social media video is going around in which a woman says, "There's a man with a rifle."

Olympia Police Department. told KIRO 7 News that some people on campus reported suspicious noises that sounded like gunshots. Law enforcement officials have not found a gunman, and they are still searching campus.

Photo taken as state capitol campus in Olympia locked down. Image: Paul Weatherman

Authorities are telling people to remain in buildings. They're also asking the public not to come to the campus.

[9:49 a.m.]

An alert system instructed employees inside buildings to shelter in place, and those who are not inside buildings should "clear the area and go to a safe place."

[9:51 a.m.]

Washington State Patrol reports a scene at the Department of Natural Resources building.

[9:44 a.m.]

Social media video shows police inside one of the buildings talking about the situation.

[9:38 a.m.]

The Washington State Capitol Campus in Olympia is on lockdown amid police activity, according to an alert system for employees.

Stay with KIRO 7 News for updates.

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