Yale University ordered a campus lockdown and told students, faculty and staff to shelter in place after reports of a person with a gun on campus.
Police in New Haven, Connecticut, where Yale is based, received an anonymous 911 call from a phone booth earlier today, reporting a gunman, according to the school. The caller said his roommate planned to open fire on the Yale campus, according to Anna Mariotti, a city spokeswoman.
Officers from Yale, New Haven and the Connecticut state police are on the scene and are actively searching for a suspect, the school said. Teams in tactical gear have been seen outside several buildings on campus, the Associated Press reported.
“Out of an abundance of caution, police will be doing a room-to-room search starting with the residential college areas,” Yale told students in an alert message.
Police have received reports about a person carrying a “long gun” on the Old Campus, a section of Yale that houses dormitories, classrooms and offices, Mariotti said in an e-mail.
“It is likely that the people seen with long guns were law enforcement,” she said.
The university issued the “shelter in place” order at about 10:20 a.m. today, Tom Conroy, a spokesman, confirmed. The university sent out another message before noon saying a lockdown remains in place and advised people off campus to stay away.
Most students have left Yale for Thanksgiving break, according to Conroy.