Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) has put forth an emergency alert on Monday, placing a lockdown on the campus, according to a Yahoo! News report on Monday. Students have been urged to stay in place and not travel campus following a report that a suspicious person was seen with a gun on the University’s campus.
Update: At approximately 3:00 p.m. ET, police were seen escorting a man with the suspect's description outside a campus building. The lockdown on campus was lifted after more than three hours of students being told to stay under cover.
Via a Twitter message issued at approximately 12:15 p.m., the University wrote a campus emergency stating that persons should seek shelter, lock doors, and close windows. The alert also said that the school will communicate when there is more information available. The message ended by stating that “this is not a drill.”
Besides messaging via Twitter, officials at CCSU gave like-alerts over the campus’ loudspeaker system.
Personnel from a SWAT team and police appeared on the campus and immediately centered in on James Hall which is a dormitory on the campus’ southwestern side. The dormitory was being entered by police dogs.
As reported by the school’s newspaper, the Recorder, the gun suspect was contained but is not in custody. No shots were fired, according to a CBS report on local affiliate WFSB-TV.
One student said that police are looking for a black male wearing camouflage pants and possibly a mask.
CCSU is located in New Britain, Connecticut and has a student population of approximately 11,000 students – some-400 who live in the dormitory.