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Shooting Reported At Penn State Beaver

University Police at Penn State Beaver reported a shooting at the Commonwealth campus just before 4 p.m. this afternoon. Two people have been shot, according to Pittsburgh CBS and local authorities.

Update, 6:24 p.m.: Penn State Beaver will reopen tomorrow at 8 a.m.

Update, 6:20 p.m.: Penn State Beaver Public Relations Director April Johnston-Smith confirmed that the shooting was a murder-suicide involving an employee who was killed by her estranged husband. The shooting took place in the parking lot outside of the food services building. Johnston-Smith also said that State Police have taken over the investigation and all non-essential personnel have been sent home.

Update, 6:10 p.m.: President Barron released a statement regarding the shooting at Penn State Beaver, noting that the Penn State community is “profoundly saddened by the tragedy” and the security of students and university faculty is the top priority across all campuses.

Update, 4:44 p.m.: Penn State Beaver Chancellor Jenifer Cushman announced on the campus’ Facebook page that no students were involved in the shooting. Campus police are urging students to avoid the student union building and food service locations.

Update, 4:40 p.m.: Authorities report that two are dead in a shooting at Penn State Beaver, according to CBS Pittsburgh.

Update, 4:17 p.m.: Officials have closed Penn State Beaver’s campus until further notice.

Original Story

A Penn State Beaver alert said that the shots were fired near Brodhead Bistro and that there is currently no threat to students as of the last update at 4 p.m. Authorities have not yet announced whether or not the suspect is in custody and the campus remains on lockdown.

There is no official report on injuries yet but WPXI News in Pittsburgh reported that the coroner has been called to the scene.

Penn State Beaver is located 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. We will keep you updated on this situation as more information becomes available.

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