DECATUR — Millikin University students were sent a safety alert Wednesday afternoon after Decatur police responded to a shooting incident close to the intersection of North Pine and West William streets.
Police were not releasing details, but the alert told students a shooting investigation was underway and officers were hunting a suspect last seen fleeing south from the area of the James Millikin Homestead.
“But the Office of Public Safety informed us it was not a threat to campus,” said Dane Lisser, Millikin’s director of media relations and publications.
Police working the scene had an area sealed off with yellow crime scene tape around a burgundy-colored van stopped at a slight angle with the front passenger door open.
Lisser said the school’s Office of Public Safety had issued the alert to students at 3:53 p.m. “Whenever there is an incident like this in the vicinity of campus, Public Safety will put out a notice and update us,” he added. “It’s to let people know and keep the campus community safe and aware of what is happening.
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