Authorities had been encouraging residents and students to avoid the area

By Chris Harris
May 03, 2017 01:02 PM
Credit: North Lake College/Facebook

Police in Irving, Texas, are reporting that two dead bodies have been found in a building at North Lake College after a possible murder-suicide.

The situation is over, an Irving police spokeswoman tells PEOPLE. The victim is female, the spokeswoman says.

Residents and students had been urged to avoid the area around the college.

Officer James McLellan of the Irving Police told reporters the suspect is believed to be a white male with brown hair and wearing an orange tank top with a gray stripe. The shooter was seen carrying a handgun.

Officers were clearing the campus room by room.

The school tweeted that it is in an “intruder lock down.” It advised students to go to the nearest room and lock down. Police are on the scene, the school said.

News reports showed footage of people running away from campus buildings. One student said she heard “popping” noises.

Additional video showed police officers entering several of the buildings on campus, searching for the shooter.

According to students who were interviewed, the shooting started at about 11:45 CT.