KENT, Ohio (WKBN) –The main campus of Kent State University was placed on lockdown Wednesday evening after a shot was fired into the ground near Bowman Hall about 9 p.m.
No one was injured.
The lockdown was lifted about 10 p.m. for all buildings except Bowman Hall and the business administration building. By 11 p.m. the shelter advisory was lifted for all buildings.
Tara Sirakis of Struthers lives in the dormitory across from the two buildings and spoke via phone with WKBN 27 First News anchor Dave Sess during the lockdown.
“I heard the gunfire outside and thought it was fireworks. We can see police inside the building searching with their guns drawn. It’s kind of scary,” Sirakis said.
She said her dorm is about 40 feet away from Bowman Hall.
Sirakis said she thought it was fireworks until a campus wide text alert was sent and everyone was put on lockdown.
“Right now, I am OK because I am staying away from the windows and I bolted my dorm room door. We keep getting updates on what they’re doing,” she said.
Kent State University and Kent police are looking for a suspect, who they described in a campus wide text alert as a man wearing basketball shorts carrying a silver handgun.