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‘THIS IS NOT A DRILL’: Clark College goes into lockdown after report of stabbing

Emergency lifted at 5:22 p.m.

By Erin Middlewood, Columbian Managing Editor for Content
Published: May 14, 2024, 6:51pm

Clark College locked down its main campus Tuesday afternoon after reports of a stabbing.

Vancouver police responded to a 911 call received at 4:29 p.m. about a “disturbance with a weapon” at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, according to emergency dispatch logs. Then, 911 dispatchers sent an ambulance and paramedics to respond to “stab wounds.”

At 4:43 p.m. Clark sent a text alert that the main campus was in emergency lockdown that warned “THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

According to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian, one person was stabbed while at the Archer Gallery in the Penguin Union Building. Information about the victim’s condition was not immediately available.

The suspect was described as an Asian male with facial hair wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and a baseball cap.

Dispatch relayed that campus security said it had encountered the suspect the day before.

Clark College sent out an all-clear text alert at 5:22 p.m.

A responding police officer referred a reporter to Maureen Chan-Hefflin, Clark’s communications director.

When reached by phone late Tuesday afternoon, she said, “Right now, I have as many questions as you do.”