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Central Conn. St. Univ. in lockdown

"Campus emergency" declared when armed suspect seen near dormitory

November 4, 2013

Central Connecticut State University declared a campus emergency on Monday and told students and faculty to take shelter amid a heavy police response after a possibly armed man was spotted on campus. The declaration occurred shortly after noon.

Around 1:13 p.m. police were seen speeding toward James Hall, a coed residence hall near the center of campus.

A New Britain official, where the school is located, said police received reports of a man carrying a gun and a knife on campus, The Hartford Courant said.

A New Britain official said police received reports of a man carrying a gun and a knife on campus, The Hartford Courant said.

“There are no reports of injuries,” Tim O’Brien, mayor of New Britain told reporters at the scene. “Police forces are on the scene, responding very diligently, and are working hard to keep the public safe.”

The Mayor could not say whether shots had been fired or if there were any hostages.

Students barricaded into a residential building allegedly seen entered by the suspect have seen begun exiting by police.

One student told NBC they saw a man walking into that building, James Hall, carrying a gun, Japanese-style sword, kneepads, paintball goggles and multiple clips or magazines.

James Hall, the home to 400 students which is not accessible without a student ID card, was seen from outside barricaded by cowering students who covered their windows with blankets and shades.

State police Lt. J. Paul Vance told the Courant troopers were called to the campus about 12:30 p.m. EST and sent two SWAT teams.

Two nearby New Britain school were on modified lockdown, a school district official said.

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