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Active shooter reported at Bridgewater College in Virginia, officer shot

A law-enforcement officer was shot at a Virginia college Tuesday after the university reported an “active shooter” on campus, according to the school and reports. 

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Bridgewater College, a private liberal arts school about an hour northwest of Charlottesville, told students to “shelter in place” around 1:25 p.m. and wrote on Twitter, “This is not a test.” 

At least one officer was shot during the incident, ABC News reported, citing law-enforcement sources. 

The condition of the officer was not immediately known.

About 40 minutes after the incident was reported on the college’s Twitter account, the school notified students that an individual had been taken into custody but asked them to continue to shelter in place as the “situation is still ongoing.” 

“For additional safety purposes, law enforcement officials will be moving through buildings. Do not be alarmed. listen to officers’ instructions,” the school wrote about 20 minutes later. 

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An image taken by the local Daily News-Record showed 10 officers pointing their guns at one point at a shirtless man face-down on the ground. It wasn’t clear if the man was a suspect. 

Bridgewater College told students to “shelter in place” on Feb. 1, 2022.
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Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin wrote on Twitter that he is monitoring the situation. 

“I have been briefed on the situation at Bridgewater College. The shooter is in custody and state and local police are on the scene,” Youngkin wrote. 

The city of Harrisonburg alerted residents on Facebook that a shelter-in-place order for the town of Bridgewater has been lifted but urged students still on campus to continue to abide by the mandate. 

“The Shelter in Place order for the Town of Bridgewater in the area of Bridgewater College has been lifted. Bridgewater College is still asking those on campus to shelter in place,” the city wrote. 

“The Harrisonburg Police Department is currently assisting with an active law enforcement scene in the town of Bridgewater. Please do not travel to Bridgewater at this time until the situation comes to a close. To any of our followers living or working in Bridgewater, please shelter in place.”

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