UPDATE: Columbia now safe, shooting suspect detained

Written by Staff Report/The York Daily Record | Jul 29, 2016 9:14 AM

After an active shooter situation in Columbia, Lancaster County, on Friday morning, police area saying they believe it is safe for people to continue their business and go about their day. (Photo: Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record)


After a morning situation described as an active shooter in Columbia, police have detained a person of interest and say the scene is now safe.

"We now believe it is safe for people to continue their business and go about their day," said Tom Rudzinski, the public information officer for the Lancaster County SERT (Special Emergency Response) Team.

He also said that a "person of interest has been detained."

Future updates will come from Columbia Borough police, he added.

Previous report:

(Columbia) -- Police are investigating reports of an active shooter in Columbia, reports Lancaster County 911.

According to a news release from the Columbia Borough Police Department, Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired around the 100 block of N. 7th Street at 3:25 a.m.

The release also states that it is not known if more than one shooter is involved. It is also not known if the shooter or shooters are moving on foot or in a vehicle.

Police are investigating reports that shots were fired at police cars, confirmed Lancaster County 911.

The area around Locust, Walnut, Chestnut and 7th streets should be avoided because of the situation, said 911 dispatch. The news release urges non-residents to strictly avoid the area.

Police are asking for any suspicious activity to be immediately reported and are urging residents to not approach any suspicious person.

There are no known injuries at this time, said 911.

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