A threat against Harford Community College made by an unknown caller triggered a campus-wide lockdown and building-to-building search by members of several local law enforcement agencies Tuesday night.
As the search neared its conclusion just before midnight, the caller remained at large and officers were “running down leads,” according to Major William Davis, commander of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Police Operations Bureau.
The call was received at approximately 7:50 p.m., and was directed specifically against Joppa Hall, home to the college’s arts programs.
“An individual was threatening to do shooting and possibly some bombing at the college,” Davis said.
The Sheriff’s Office joined with Maryland State Police and the college’s Department of Public Safety and locked down the college, with approximately 100 to 125 students and staff ordered to shelter in place as officers swept through each building.
Davis said no shots had been fired during the course of the evening, and no evidence was found of any armed person on the campus. The search included aerial support from the Sheriff’s Office Sable 1 helicopter and a Baltimore County Police Department aviation unit.
A suspect had not been identified, and a motive for the threat had not been determined, Davis said; he declined to comment whether a monetary demand was part of the threat.
Spring semester classes are set to begin on Monday, according to college Department of Public Safety Chief Mary Eilerman, who said the limited number of people on campus aided in the search.
“There were very few people on campus,” she said. “Just a sprinkling of non-credit classes.”
The Sheriff’s Office expected to release additional details about the incident on Wednesday.