Monday, 25 November 2013

Yale Put On Lockdown Amid Reports Of Gunman

Police say a call that sparked fears of a gunman on the Yale University campus appears to have been a hoax.

Students had been urged to "shelter in place" following the security scare, but the lockdown has now been lifted.

New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman told a news conference the campus was safe.

SWAT teams had been scrambled to the university, while students received a text message saying: "Confirmed report of person with gun on/near Old Campus. Shelter in place. This is not a test."
Police got an anonymous phone call from a phone booth at around 10am local time reporting a person on campus with a gun.

Streets close to the campus have been blockaded, and the FBI is looking at footage of the area around the phone booth to identify the caller.

Police spokesman David Harman had said: "We don't have a suspect. There's nothing tangible."

New Haven Police Department Lieutenant Jeff Hoffman said there had been no shootings and no injuries. Room-to-room searches conducted by Yale's police department found nothing untoward.

Several New Haven schools had also been placed on lockdown, as had a nearby community college.

Yale has been on November recess since Saturday, meaning many students have left to celebrate Thanksgiving.

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