NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The ongoing lockdown at Yale University and the surrounding area of New Haven began with a 911 call from an anonymous caller that his roommate was "on his way to shoot people" on the Ivy League campus, a police spokesman said at about 1:15 p.m. Monday.
The call, which lasted only a few seconds, was made from a pay phone on Columbus Avenue, said New Haven police spokesman David Hartman.
Police were looking at surveillance video to try to identify the caller, who hung up on police dispatchers, Hartman said.
No reports or injuries or gunfire have been made, he said. But several witnesses reported seeing a man with a long gun, Hartman said, clarifying that it was a rifle or shotgun, not a handgun. No description of the suspect was offered, and no suspect has been detained, he said.
As heavily armed police officers searched the area, Yale remained on lockdown, along with part of downtown New Haven and nearby Gateway Community College, Hartman said. The lockdown at Yale began at 10:17 a.m.
The campus is quieter than usual because classes are out of session for the Thanksgiving holidays, he said.
Multiple SWAT teams were searches of the residential colleges at Yale. Officers from New Haven, Yale, State Police, FBI and ATF have responded, he said. Heavily armed in tactical gear and carrying assault weapons were searching the campus and buildings.
The following road closures were in place, causing huge traffic jams in downtown New Haven:
High Street between Elm and Chapel Chapel between High and College College between Chapel and Elm Elm between College and High
The perimeter around what is known as Old Campus is considered the hot zone, and nothing is moving in and out of that area, Hartman said. The police perimeter has been expanded due to traffic and pedestrian problems in the area, he said.
The lockdown and shelter in place continued as of Monday afternoon, according to a Yale emergency website, which includes multiple messages to the college community about the incident. ?
Read the first story on the alert here at The Daily Voice.
This was the second lockdown incident at a college in Connecticut this month. On Monday, Nov. 4, a student in a Halloween costume alarmed other students on campus at Central Connecticut State University. That student was charged with breach of peace. Read about it here at The Daily Voice.
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