UVA-Wise gunman was a student hoax



WISE – Police say a lockdown on the campus of UVA-Wise in Wise County Wednesday night was the result of a student hoax.

According to Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for Virginia State Police, a UVA-Wise student called 911 just before 9 p.m. to report that he had seen a man armed with a gun on campus. Authorities from UVA-Wise Police Department, Wise and Pound police departments, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police responded to the campus and started a building-to-building search.

As authorities were searching buildings, special agents from the Wytheville office of Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation conducted an interview with the student who made the report. The student subsequently confessed that the report was a hoax.

At that point, the lockdown was lifted and police cleared the campus.

Geller said the investigation is continuing.



2 Responses to UVA-Wise gunman was a student hoax

  1. Roxanne Pilcher

    January 24, 2013 at 11:31 am

    As a parent of a student who attends UVA Wise, I am so grateful the report was taken seriously and a plan of action initiated. This was a terrifying 2 hours for us and our daughter. She had called me right after the mass text was sent to the students. Of course she and other students did what they were told and immediately went to their rooms, locked the doors, and turned off the lights. Our daughter and her roommates then moved to the bathroom for more safety. We kept in close contact via texting for nearly 2 hours during the ordeal. Lots of prayers went up!
    Even though the student who falsely reported a gunman confessed later I and many others are so grateful this report was taken seriously and thank all of the Wise County, VA police, all of the State Troopers, and the UVA Wise officials.

  2. County resident

    January 25, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I hope the student(s)responsible are held accountable. That is not a “funny” joke in the times we live in. A lot of resources were wasted insuring the safety of the campus.

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