Wash. U first tweeted about an alert about a person with a weapon on campus just after 1:30 p.m. The university told students and staff to take shelter where they felt safe until notified otherwise.
Early Wednesday afternoon, the school issued a warning on its website for students to go to a “place that you feel safe” after a shooting was reported on campus.
The injuries were not thought to be life-threatening and the victim has been taken to a hospital, Washington University said on its Twitter feed. Police and school officials did not release the woman’s name.
Many students described their fear after hearing several gunshots ring across a crowded quad on campus and subsequent emergency sirens.
An earlier university alert advised those on campus to “shelter in place”.
“Everybody else was freaking out”, she said.
The 163-year-old private university has an enrollment of about 15,000. But the campus isn’t immune from the gun violence that is more prevalent in other parts of the community. While no further information has been made available, WU states that all inquiries should be sent to Clayton Police rather than the university itself.
Update 1/4 At 1:30 pm today, a person was injured in a shooting on Forsyth Boulevard near the Mallinkrodt Center of Washington University.
Washington University in St. Louis has identified the victim of a campus shooting as a school food service worker.