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Sheriff says report of gunman on UVa-Wise campus was a hoax

Steve Igo • Jan 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM

WISE — The University of Virginia’s College at Wise was placed on lockdown Wednesday night after a report of a man carrying a gun was received by campus and local police, sending a tremor of fear throughout the community.

But after about two hours of the campus and all buildings getting searched by campus police and Wise County Sheriff’s deputies, the incident was determined to be false.

“We just found out it’s a hoax,” Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes said at around 11 p.m. Police are now focusing the investigation on a male student of the college who made the initial report, sending deputies scrambling to the campus and causing a late night stir across the region.

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