Shooting Threat Shuts Down YVCCPosted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash. -- A spokesperson for YVCC says a note was found in a bathroom saying there would be a shooting on campus today at 9:30. It did not say whether that was a.m. or p.m., but it did specify today's date.
This evacuation caused a lot of confusion among students around campus.
"The school's closed for day and night classes," shouted a guard at the main parking lot.
That's what students were told as they arrived on campus this afternoon for what they thought would be a normal day of classes. For those who were actually in class during the evacuation it was anything but normal.
"A woman came in screaming to evacuate the building for some reason. She looked scared. I don't know what was going on they didn't tell us," said YVCC student Steve Escamilla.
"Basically it was like a herd of students," another student, James Leeth, stated.
The threat officially came in at 8:35 this morning and Yakima Police and campus security wasted no time getting students, faculty and their vehicles off campus. As those students were leaving campus others were arriving and not knowing what to do or where to go.
Nicole Whitney Tucker was one of those students.
"I just left and I was really confused cause I didn't know why there was a bunch of cops here," said Tucker.
"Everyone was confused it looked like nobody knew what was going on," said Escamilla.
YVCC wasn't the only school affected. Neighboring YV-TECH was also put on lockdown and later evacuated.
This afternoon the campus remained empty with all entrances and exits to campus parking lots blocked as police investigate what happened.
All classes are cancelled for tonight while police continue to investigate. Both YVCC and YV-TECH are expected to be back open tomorrow.
They are telling students to keep checking their website for updates.
That website is yvcc.edu.