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Shots fired at Monroe Apartments, MSU calls off active shooter threat; Springfield police investigating

Published: Nov. 21, 2020 at 6:14 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2020 at 9:27 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Missouri State University says shots were fired at the Monroe House, but an active shooter threat has been called off.

According to the university, shots were fired at the Monroe House. The university initially called it an active shooter situation, which has since been retracted.

The Springfield Police Department says there was not an active shooter situation Saturday at or near MSU’s campus.

Police on scene tell KY3 that one round of shots struck a building. A vehicle driving by on National Avenue fired a round. The university says four shots were fired randomly from a vehicle. Two bullets hit the Monroe Apartments, penetrated the walls and entered two rooms. Investigators say no one was hurt.

“Luckily our response was fast, and MSU responded within a minute of the call. There’s no active threat at this time,” said Springfield Police Lt. Mark Loos.

Officers collected evidence at the scene for evidence and are reviewing surveillance footage. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a dark SUV, but not other information is available.

Anyone on Missouri State’s campus was asked to avoid the area of the Monroe Apartments while officers investigated. However, there is no threat to the campus and normal activities can resume, per MSU.

The latest updates from MSU and Springfield Police:

Students were notified of an active shooter alert around 6 p.m. from an email/text from the university, but that alert had been retracted within a half hour. This was the initial alert via Twitter:

We will update as more information becomes available.

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