A CCSU suspect has been found and is now in police custody, following reports of an alleged gunman being spotted on campus that led to a 3-hour lockdown. Police quickly reacted to several emergency call-ins as word of an armed and dangerous man had entered Central Connecticut State University this Monday afternoon, the CS Monitor reports this Monday, Nov. 4.
The CCSU suspect spurred a school-wide emergency lockdown, while Mayor Timothy O-Brien announced this evening that a person, a male, is now in police custody. Details surrounding the case are still unclear at this time. While the gunman is believed to have been carrying a weapon that was thought to be a gun, there has been no confirmation yet whether a gun was found on the suspect’s person.
According to the report, CCSU cited the school emergency just after noon this Monday, after more than one report spotted the man on campus carrying a gun-like weapon. One of the witnesses, Jordan Governale, a 20-year-old junior, noted that he saw a man holding a bulky backpack. The man wore heavy knee pads, a dark mask, camouflage pants, a body armor vest, and an apparent sword, sheath, and gun strapped directly on his back.
Although Governale thought at first it was only a Halloween costume, moments later he saw police, and knew something serious was going on. Said his statement on the CCSU suspect:
"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."
The 3-hour lockdown was initiated shortly thereafter, and ended sometime after 3 p.m. School officials announced that all university students had been evacuated from campus buildings while police officers began searching for the alleged gunman. A spokeswoman for CCSU said that students found in James Hall were being questioned by law officials to see if they had seen anything suspicious.
All campus classes were canceled this Monday for all 12,000 students attending the school. No other information about the CCSU suspect is known at this time, though it is known that SWAT teams, dog squads, and armored vehicles were called in following the first reports.