Police find no evidence of active shooter at Charleston business | Accident-and-incident

Police find no evidence of active shooter at Charleston business | Accident-and-incident

CHARLESTON ā€” Reports of an active shooter Wednesday at the Vesuvius building in Charleston were unfounded, police said.

Charleston police Lt. Joel Shite said it appears there was a miscommunication when a false report of a man with a gun was made at Mars Petcare in Mattoon. It was there that a person said they saw an individual with what was originally thought to be a gun but later confirmed to be pest control equipment.

Shite said the situation then turned into a rumor that an active shooter was at Vesuvius. Police responded and conducted a search of the Vesuvius building and determined there was not an active shooter on the property.

An Vesuvius employee later described a safety officer telling people to exit the building. Questions about it being a possible drill were answered when they got outside and saw police.

This story will be updated.