A person is in custody after a report of an armed man on the campus of Central Connecticut State University prompted a school-wide lockdown today.
Although the school posted a message telling the students they could safely leave the buildings they were in on its Twitter account, classes and events at the university have been canceled for the remainder of the day.
The school declared a campus emergency and warned students to stay away from windows and stay inside buildings as SWAT teams swarmed the area.
One of the university’s spokeswomen, Janice Palmer, says all students have been safely evacuated from a residential building where police were searching for the gunman. She continued to say that the students who had been inside James Hall were moved to another building for questioning by police.
“Somebody was seen either with a gun or was thought to have a gun.” Said University spokesman Mark McLaughlin.
Jordan Governale, a 20-year-old junior from Farmington, said he walked by a man carrying a backpack and with a sword and sheath strapped to his back. He continued to say that The man was wearing a mask, camouflage pants, knee pads and a vest resembling body armor. “At first I thought it was a Halloween costume. But after I saw the cops I thought it was some sort of threat,” he said. “It’s pretty scary. It’s pretty strange, unexpected.”
More than 12,000 students attend the university, and two schools near the campus were also locked down as a precaution.
As of now, there are no reports of any injuries. There are no reports of any charges being made. The suspect is in custody and we will keep you all posted as things unfold.