Columbus Police are now investigating multiple 911 calls that turned out to be pranks involving an alleged active-shooter situation at the University of Phoenix on North Lake Drive.
Assistant Police Chief Lem Miller said a 911 call came in at 7:45 a.m.
"It gave every indication there was an active shooter at the University of Phoenix ," Miller said.
There were at least two calls.
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"We had every reason to believe shots had been fired, people were injured and someone was holding hostages," he said. "We rolled out everything we had."
That included multiple agencies responding, including the Columbus Police Department, Muscogee County Sheriff's deputies, Columbus Fire and EMS, Homeland Security and the FBI. CPD was mobilizing its S.W.A.T. team but called that off once it was evident the calls were a hoax.
When patrol arrived at the scene, officials with the university had no idea what was going on. Miller said approximately 45-50 officials were on the scene.
"It was nothing at all," Miller said. "We cleared the building and there was nothing there."
There's now an ongoing investigation into the 911 calls. If you have any information concerning this investigation, you're encouraged to call police.