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Person ‘with a gun’ on Yale University campus sparks ‘shelter in place’ alert

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posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 10:45 AM

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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Person ‘with a gun’ on Yale University campus sparks ‘shelter in place’ alert

Just saw this. Anyone know anything about it?

posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 10:49 AM
reply to post by MessOnTheFED!

Fox News Says SWAT teams are on the scene.

posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 10:53 AM
reply to post by MessOnTheFED!

Prediction: "gun" will turn out to be either "English muffin", or absolutely nothing at all, because the "person" never existed to begin with.

Just a feeling.

edit on 11/25/2013 by CaticusMaximus because: (no reason given)

posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 11:15 AM
reply to post by CaticusMaximus

Personally, I'm holding out for Blueberry Muffin, but different strokes for different folks, eh?


posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 11:20 AM
reply to post by MessOnTheFED!

That happened last week at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana. It turned out to be a security guard after the campus, city and State police were called in.

These reports are happening every week now.

posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 11:23 AM
That is because the population has been conditioned to FEAR someone with anything that even remotely resembles a gun. I mean, c'mon folks, get a grip, and use the brain in your head for once and, I believe it is called THINKING before reacting.

I guess TPTB got what they wanted in this respect. I give it only 15 years until the stigma attached forces a repeal of the 2nd amendment to the United States Constitution....and that will be a black day, then and every day from that point forward...IMO.

posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 12:02 PM
I hope this turns out okay, but NBC just made a correct regarding the original call to police:

Correction: Caller said roommate was headed to @Yale campus to shoot people (not students) #Yale

@NBCConnecticut on Twitter

posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 12:31 PM
America is Paranoid....

posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 12:33 PM
Bonesmen's initiation week?

posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 12:44 PM
The New Haven Independent has some interesting info. And it sounds like they are going all out on this one:

(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.

New Haven Independent

I guess this is the new norm for responses to situations like this. Armored cars, police in riot gear (riot gear?), ATF and FBI. It sounds like a pretty massive response to an anonymous call from a phone booth (phone booth? can't remember when I've even seen one anymore!) with no shots even fired. I can't help but wonder how much of this is conditioning, but I do hope this turns out ok.

posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 12:52 PM
reply to post by MessOnTheFED!

The article says a roommate called police to alert them that his roommate was heading to campus with a gun, they then continue to state they have no suspect description at this time and that if anyone has any information, they should call 911.

Should we call them and tell them to ask the roommate for a description?

EDIT: --

Classes are out, and history has shown that these gunmen seek to target students and faculty in an ordinary setting, could this be the precedent that shows us gunmen just like attacking schools, not necessarily the people in them!?

I'm willing to bet this is the new version of swatting, nothing like causing a panic and millions of dollars in costs over a prank call.
edit on 25-11-2013 by DerbyGawker because: (no reason given)

posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 01:05 PM
Heard that the phone call came from a phone booth.

Possible sign this is a false alert.


posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 01:15 PM
Various news sources and people on Twitter are now saying that eye witness reports of people seeing someone on campus with a long gun may be from people seeing police with weapons. Nothing is very clear yet. But if the original call was really from a phone booth (which is what the news is saying now), it might all be a prank call causing people to be paranoid.

posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 01:54 PM
reply to post by ikonoklast

There's a a good TED talks on this problem with policing. It's the construction of false memories based upon recalling real memories while having artificial memories suggested.

"We're looking for an individual who looks like so and so, they may be armed with a handgun or rifle. Have you seen anything like this?"

- "Oh well now that I think about it, I recall seeing someone who looked like a human being and there was this dark shadow because my vision sucks but now that I think about it, it was a gun!"

I'll bet my professional career it's bs.

posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 02:37 PM
Did they cancel the Yale Gun Club?
If not they have guns on campus. Why call the cops?
Yale Armory?
edit on 25-11-2013 by JBA2848 because: (no reason given)

posted on Nov, 25 2013 @ 04:56 PM
reply to post by MessOnTheFED!

Last weekend I was at an event at a local State U with some friends and group members.

Myself and at least 6-7 out of 12-15 of us were carrying various caliber handguns. Legally.

So? The point?

6 with guns on campus in and outside the Student Union.

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