WAVY – HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Two Peninsula college campuses were placed on lockdown Thursday as Virginia State Police conducted an investigation nearby.
State Police stopped a vehicle on westbound I-64, east of the 255 mile marker around noon for reckless driving, according to Sgt. Michelle Anaya. During the stop, she said the back seat passenger jumped out of the vehicle and ran across the interstate. Police are actively looking for that person.
Chopper 10 flew over the area and spotted police with dogs searching a neighborhood about a half mile north of Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton.
TNCC issued an alert just after noon Thursday that read "The Hampton Campus has been ordered to shelter in place. Move to the nearest safe location immediately." Cecilia Ramirez with TNCC Public Relations told WAVY.com campus police made the decision to issue a "shelter in place" alert as a safety precaution. The lockdown was lifted at 2 p.m.
Old Dominion University's Peninsula Center off McGruder Boulevard issued a safety alert at 1:30 p.m. that read:
"Local police have placed the Peninsula Higher Education Center in Hampton, located on Butler Farm Road off Magruder Boulevard, on lockdown as a precaution while a search occurs in the surrounding area for a suspect involved in an off-campus shooting incident. Staff, faculty and students at the Center and in the area are asked to remain secured in place until further notice. The Center is closed at this time. Students are asked not to report to the Center until further notice. Please check our website for further updates."
ODU's lockdown was lifted at 2:15 p.m.