KENT, Ohio -- An order for students and faculty members to shelter in place following the firing of a gunshot at a northeastern Ohio university has been lifted for most buildings on campus.
A Kent State University spokeswoman says a male suspect fired the shot into the ground Wednesday night near Bowman Hall, an academic building on the university's main campus. No injuries have been reported.
The university had advised people to stay put while police searched for the shooter, who was carrying a silver handgun. It later lifted the advisory for all buildings except Bowman Hall and the Business Administration Building.
University police are handling the investigation.
Immediately after the shooting, social media sites were flooded with updates.
BREAKING: Report of a shot fired near Bowman Hall. Stay away from the area, and take shelter until further notice. check back for updates.— KentWired (@kentwired) April 3, 2014
BREAKING: Possible shooter in the Business Administration Building, according to campus-wide PA announcements— KentWired (@kentwired) April 3, 2014
BREAKING: shots fired in ground near Bowman Hall, no injuries but students should still stay indoors— KentWired (@kentwired) April 3, 2014
Numerous tweets said an emergency alert was sent via text messages to students warning them of the situation.
BREAKING: Kent State- looking for black male wearing basketball shorts.— Chris Flanagan (@ChrisFlanaganTV) April 3, 2014
Kent State is a public research university located in Kent, a city of about 30,000 residents less than an hour's drive southeast of Cleveland. The university has eight campuses around the northeast Ohio region. The campus in Kent is the largest.
KTAR's Carter Nacke contributed to this report.