"Central Connecticut State University Placed On Lockdown After Reports Of Possible Gunman On Campus"
Central Connecticut State University was placed on lockdown just after noon on Monday after campus officials sounded the alarm over an unspecified campus emergency.
Initial reports from people on the scene — and since confirmed by university officials — are of an armed individual inside one of the buildings on campus, located just south of Hartford. Potential eyewitnesses and a few reporters on the scene have claimed the person is armed with a gun and possibly a knife or some other kind of blade.
Local and state police are on hand, along with multiple S.W.A.T teams.
Campus emergency. Seek shelter. Lock doors, close windows. We will communicate when we have more info.This is not a drill. #ccsu
— CCSU (Central) (@CCSU) November 4, 2013
The university began alerting students and visitors via social media and the school’s website, urging people to avoid the campus and remain inside and away from windows if they are already there.
University spokesman Mark McLaughlin said that shortly before noon, someone reported seeing an armed man on campus, outside James Hall. McLaughlin heard that the man had a gun and a sword, but that information is not confirmed, he said.
Police activated a campus-wide alert telling students to get into the nearest building and “shelter in place,” meaning lock doors, if possible, and to stay away from doors and windows.
He said there’s been no report of an active shooter, no reports of injuries and no report of any hostages.
— Olivia Maffucci (@OliviaMaff) November 4, 2013
— WTNH News 8 (@WTNH) November 4, 2013
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