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Ferrum College lockdown lifted after possible shot fired near on-campus apartment

Lockdown put into place just after 1:30 and lifted shortly after 3 p.m.

Ferrum College was placed on lockdown for about 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon.

FERRUM, Va. – Ferrum College was placed on lockdown for about 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon.

On-campus authorities, assisted by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, were investigating a report of a shot fired near the Hillcrest Apartments, a housing complex for upperclassmen located near Swartz Gymnasium.

After an initial alert at 1:31 p.m. notifying campus of the lockdown, at 2:13 p.m., the college advised people to continue sheltering in place as the investigation continued.

At 2:52, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office told 10 News that there’s no known active shooter on the campus.

At 3:03 pm. the college posted on its social media platforms, “Campus authorities have issued an ALL CLEAR notice. You may resume normal activities.”

Below is a map of where the Hillcrest Apartments are on campus.


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Jeff Williamson arrived at WSLS 10 in March 2016.