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A written message at Montgomery College’s Rockville campus indicating that a shooting would occur Wednesday has spurred increased police presence at the college’s three campuses in the county.

A student found the message “school shooting 3/5/14” written on a stairwell in the Rockville Campus Center on Feb. 24 and notified college security, according to college spokeswoman Elizabeth Homan.

“Rockville City Police are aggressively investigating the incident,” Homan said, adding that the college’s security office is also looking into the matter.

Homan said that police presence has increased on the college’s Rockville, Germantown and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses.

“It’s a cooperative presence between our security and the police jurisdiction,” she said.

The college always has security officers on the three campuses 24/7 and is now also working with Montgomery County, Rockville and Takoma Park police, Homan said.

The campuses will be open as usual Wednesday, she said.

Another message referring to a shooting was found at the college’s Germantown campus in January.

Homan said the message referencing a “big school shooting” was found on a men’s restroom wall, but did not mention a specific date.

Neither the message found in Germantown nor the message found in Rockville mentioned a specific location, she said.

“We don’t really have any information or any evidence [on] who might have been responsible,” Rockville City Police Major Michael England said of both incidents.

England said the message found Feb. 24 is the first incident Rockville police have dealt with at the college involving something someone has said will happen.

“This is a future event if you will,” he said.

A Friday memorandum to college students and employees from Steve Maloney — Montgomery College’s director of public safety and emergency management — said the college was working with police to increase security in light of the message.

Maloney also said in the memo that students and employees can take certain steps to help, including reporting suspicious behavior, knowing the phone numbers for the college’s security offices and signing up for the college’s alert system.

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