Police search for gunman at locked-down Yale

2013-11-25 21:46
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Connecticut - An anonymous caller warned authorities on Monday that his roommate was on his way to Yale University to shoot people, leading officials to lock down the Ivy League campus as police searched for a gunman.

The hunt, which came as the school was on November break, was stymied by students who had stayed behind and were afraid to open their doors, police said.

An emergency call was received around 09:30 local time from a man at a pay phone about a mile from the campus, said Officer David Hartman, a New Haven Police spokesperson.

"All he really said was that his roommate was on his way to the university, to Yale University, to shoot people," he said.

Police later received reports from witnesses who reported seeing someone with a gun, Hartman said. But he said it was possible they had simply seen officers responding to the initial call.

There was nothing specific about the threat, he said, and the call lasted only seconds. There were no reports of shots fired or anyone injured.

Police blocked off several streets near the university's Old Campus, in the heart of New Haven, where they were concentrating their search.

Several local schools were also placed in lockdown. Police in tactical gear entered several campus buildings, and a helicopter hovered over the area.

Pedestrian traffic in the normally bustling area was sparse, with cold and windy weather keeping many people inside.

Room-by-room searches

The response included several police departments, the FBI and other federal agencies, Hartman said. Authorities were conducting a room-by-room search of buildings "out of an abundance of caution", he said.

Yale advised students and staff members to shelter in place. The school also issued an advisory asking people off campus to stay away from the area.

The school is on November break, with undergraduate classes to resume on 2 December.

Many students and staff members had already left campus for Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday.

But many others were still in their dorm rooms, Hartman said. Police were having difficulty gaining access to some rooms because those locked inside were not convinced they were dealing with law enforcement, he said. Most rooms don't have peepholes.

"One of the challenges that the police department is having is how to check those rooms," he said.

Yale sent out an email telling community members that officers would be slipping a Yale ID under the door or using keys to gain access.

Yale has been the target of violence in the past. In May 2003, a bomb damaged an empty classroom and adjacent reading room at the law school.

A Yale professor, David J Gelernter, was seriously injured in 1993, when a mail bomb mailed by Theodore Kaczynski, the man known as the Unabomber, exploded in his campus office.

Friday's search came several weeks after a scare on another Connecticut campus.

Central Connecticut State University was in lockdown for several hours on 4 November after reports by witnesses of a masked man carrying a gun or sword.

Police arrested a student, David Kyem, who said he had been wearing a ninja-like Halloween costume and meant no harm. He faces charges including breach of peace.

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