VA State Police: Reports of Gunman on UVA Wise Campus a Hoax
There were reports from Wise, Virginia Wednesday night that the University of Virginia's campus in that city was put on lockdown.
The school's official website stated the lockdown was due to an alleged gunman on campus. Police received a call from a student saying they had seen a man on campus with a gun. During an interview, the student confessed it was a hoax.
Bryant Alexander Hairston of Martinsville is charged with falsely summoning law enforcement officials. He is a sophomore psychology major at UVA College at Wise.
Hairston is not allowed back on campus pending further review of the charges.
As of 10:57 p.m. Wednesday, the lockdown had been lifted and police had confirmed that all was clear.
Read the full press release from the Virginia State Police below.
Virginia State Police Press Release
Shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday night (January 23, 2013), a UVA-Wise student called 911 to report he had seen a man on campus armed with a gun. UVA-Wise Police, Town of Wise Police, Wise County Sheriff's Office, Town of Pound Police, and Virginia State Police immediately responded to the campus to begin a building-by-building search. As the searches were being conducted, special agents with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Wytheville Field Office were interviewing the student who made the report. During the course of the interview, the student confessed that it was a hoax. Law enforcement are now clearing from the campus as the lockdown has been lifted.
An investigation into the incident remains ongoing at this time.