The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) is at work. Helicopters buzz loudly overhead and police dogs have been brought in to the area. All are in search of a man with a gun.
Our neighborhood wears a different face today. Several schools downtown, including PSU, Lincoln High School, and St. Mary’s Academy are in lockdown. Even the streetcar has been suspended. Some streets have been blocked from traffic.
The suspect had pulled out a gun when confronted by a PSU security officer this morning in a PSU parking garage at SW 12th Avenue and Market Street. That man is thought to be hiding in the parking garage.
This situation erupted at about 11 a.m. this morning and is ongoing as of this writing (1:30 p.m. PST).
Update: 2:15 p.m. – The suspect’s whereabouts are unknown. Normalcy otherwise is restored to downtown.