Washington College Evacuated Amid Search for Student with Gun

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washcollegeThe search for an armed student left a desolate campus in Chestertown.

While the college said in a Facebook message that there has not been a direct threat against the Eastern Shore campus, authorities are searching for Jacob Marberger. The sophomore left his parents’ home in Pennsylvania on Monday with a gun, and hasn’t been heard from since.

“There is a warrant out for Jacob Marberger’s arrest, and a high-intensity search is being conducted by state and federal law enforcement,” the college posted Tuesday on its website.

As a result, it’s been a week of high-alert status at the Eastern Shore campus. On Monday, students were told to shelter-in-place. Classes were then cancelled on Tuesday at 10 a.m., and students and faculty were told to leave the campus. The university is expected to remain shut down on Wednesday. That made for an eerie scene at the college, judging from this Washington Post description:

By Tuesday afternoon, the campus appeared deserted. Blinds were drawn tight on academic buildings and the school’s sidewalks were desolate. The only presence Tuesday was police officers roving the grounds on the lookout for suspicious activity.

Some students are staying with other members of the university community.

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