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An anonymous call about a person “with a gun” has sparked a “shelter in place” alert on the Yale campus in Connecticut, the school announced Monday.
“New Haven Police have received an anonymous call from a phone booth in the 300 block of Columbus Avenue (between Howard Avenue and Hallock Street) reporting a person on the Yale Campus with a gun,” the university wrote on their website.
Shortly afterwards it upgraded the alert after receiving a "confirmed report" of a person with a gun.
Authorities are investigating and anyone with information is encouraged to call 911.
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(Updated 1:31 p.m.) A 911 caller reported that his roommate wanted to shoot up his school Monday, and was headed toward Yale’s campus—leading cops to put the university’s Yale’s Old Campus on lockdown.
The man made the call from a pay phone on the low-300 block of Columbus Avenue around 9:30 a.m. to report that his roommate was headed to the central campus area in order to shoot up the area, Hartman said. The caller said his roommate had a long gun, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman. The caller did not identify himself as a Yale student. He stayed on the phone only a few seconds.
“Several” witnesses subsequently told police they saw someone with a rifle or other long gun on the loose, Hartman said.
Police are looking for the alleged gunman on Yale’s Old Campus; the university advised people to stay indoors.
The police have detained witnesses but no suspects, Hartman said early Monday afternoon. No weapons have been recovered. No one has been hurt; no gunfire has been reported.
Yale’s downtown Old Campus, bordered by Elm, College, Chapel and High streets. Many students have left campus for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Hartman said police consider the Old Campus the “hot zone” in the search for the reported gunman. They are prohibiting pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the vicinity. Hartman told people to expect the streets to be closed into the afternoon. Also expect traffic tie-ups nearby. Police have asked some businesses to close.
Meanwhile, at 12:45 p.m. SWAT officers, FBI agents, and other law-enforcement personnel in fatigues and helmets, with riot shields, massed on High Street near the corner of Crown. One pulled out a dry-erase board. (Soon before that, a report came over the police radio about a gunman standing at the top of a building a block away.)
New Haven’s Cooperatives Arts & Humanities High School, less than a block away, was on lockdown as of 1 p.m.
At 1:13 p.m., state police in green fatigues escorted an armored vehicle onto High Street 50 yards north of the intersection of Crown. The vehicle has parked in front of a fraternity house.
At 11:02 p.m. an officer reported on the police radio that cops were chasing a possible suspect on High Street. And they reported they have a student who may possibly have called in the threat, also by the Old Campus.
At 11:13 a.m., police on the radio reported keeping an eye on an “older white man, balding, in a heavy overcoat, walking toward” Linsley-Chittenden Hall.
At 11:20 a broadcast rung out from a loudspeaker on the Old Campus: “Report of a person with a gun on Old Campus. Shelter in place at once. This is not a test.” The report was audible from the Green.
A SWAT team arrived at the Old Campus. So did members of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. One wore a jacket reading “ATF negotiator.” Meanwhile, police prepared to shut down College and Elm Streets and possibly other nearby streets, and kept pedestrians away. Both New Haven and Yale cops are on scene. A command post has been set up on High Street.
11:45 a.m. People locked in a room on the third floor of Yale’s Phelps Gate reportedly told police they heard a door open and close in the hallway.
Shortly after noon, police decided to establish a media outpost in the lobby of the Shubert Theater, a block away from Old Campus on College Street.