Center Township, PA – At least two people were shot at the Penn State Beaver campus on Wednesday, and fire responders are en route.
WPXI reported that the shots first came in as shots fired at the cafeteria at Penn State Beaver campus in the Student Union Building.
At least two people are reported to have been hit.
Tim Williams with CBS reported that up to 15 shots were fired.
The situation was reportedly contained at this time, but no information about the shooter has been released.
The condition of the victims has not been released.
UPDATE: At least two people have been reported to have been killed.
UPDATE: The university has said that neither of the people shot was a student, according to People.
Police believe the shooting was a murder-suicide involving a university employee who worked in the Bistro dining hall area.
They believe the shooter was her estranged husband, and that he used some kind of subterfuge to get her to walk outside, where he shot her, WTAE reported.
“There was a ruse set up to get her out of her workplace,” Pennsylvania State Police Lieutenant Erik Hermick said.
The shooting took place just steps away from the university police department.
Lt. Hermick said it was a close-proximity shooting, and they didn’t believe anybody else was standing in between them, or was injured.
There were not a lot of students on campus Wednesday because the university is in the middle of exams, a university spokeswoman said.
The head of the Penn State Beaver campus posted the following message on Facebook after the shootings:
Dear Penn State Beaver Campus Community,
There was a tragic act of violence at Penn State Beaver this afternoon which did not involve students. Our thoughts are with all who have been affected. Please know that the threat has ended, and that your safety and security remain our number one priority. Our campus police are vigilant; please avoid the student union building and food services area until further notice.
A police investigation is underway and additional details will be released as they become available. We understand this is a traumatic event for our campus community. Students, faculty and staff who may be in need should contact counseling services at 724-773-3961.
Jenifer S. Cushman, PhD
Chancellor, Penn State Beaver
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