The Albany Police Department received a tip Wednesday that students at Linn-Benton Community College are planning a shooting Friday at the college.

A 33-year-old male student at LBCC contacted police about a conversation among students he overheard Wednesday.

According to the student's account in the police report, "students talked about wearing ski masks, shooting people and then taking off the masks before the police arrived."

The report indicated that the day of the attacked was referenced to as "Black Friday," because it is the day students with financial holds can register for classes at LBCC.

"When you start looking at some of the stuff that was overheard ... it didn't make sense," Albany Police Sgt. Jerry Drum said.

The student is the only person who has reported this suspicious activity to police, according to Drum, who is working on the investigation.

"We just don't know the credibility of it at this point," Drum said. "Obviously, we're treating it as real and we're looking at any precaution."

Drum said extra precautions will be taken Friday at LBCC, but would not release the details of what kind of presence police will have, in prevent the potential assailants from receiving advanced intel.

Drum said officials at LBCC are aware of the report. LBCC officials who know of the incident could not be reached at this time.

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