Students at Yale University were told to seek ‘Shelter In Place’ around 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 25 after a gunman was reported to be on the loose.
Police are looking for a gunman on the loose on Yale’s Old Campus in New Haven, Conn., after receiving an anonymous tip from a payphone near the campus. The whole Yale community was advised to stay indoors because a student told Yale Police that his roommate wanted to “shoot up the school,” according to the New Haven Independent.
Yale University Students Told To Seek ‘Shelter In Place’
At 11:20 a broadcast was made on the Old Campus, a part of Yale’s campus where many freshman dormitories are located: “Confirmed report of a person with a gun on Old Campus. Shelter in place at once. This is not a test.”
An anonymous caller told police that his roommate was headed to the campus’ central area to start shooting, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman. He also said that two witnesses told police they saw someone with a long gun on campus.
A SWAT team is on the campus, as well as New Haven and Yale police, who are all “actively” searching for the reported gunman. An officer on campus reported to the Independent that no shots have been fired and nobody is injured. The police are also keeping an eye out for an “older white man, balding, in a heavy overcoat,” seen near Linsly-Chittenden Hall, a classroom building and faculty office for the English department.
Police reported on the radio that they were chasing a possible suspect on High Street, near Yale’s campus, at 11:02 a.m. Many streets near and on the campus have been shut down, and businesses nearby the school have reportedly been asked to close for the day.
Yale University tweeted:
Confirmed report of a person w/ gun on/near Old Campus. SHELTER IN PLACE. http://t.co/GWOeIeUZgu
— Yale University (@Yale) November 25, 2013
Students are being kept abreast of the situation with text messages and in-room PA broadcasts.
Yale University Sends Out Email Regarding Gunman
Yale sent this email to students and faculty at 10:17 a.m, obtained by the Independent:
New Haven Police have received an anonymous call from a phone booth in the 300 block of Columbus Avenue (between Howard Avenue and Hallock Street) reporting a person on the Yale Campus with a gun. There have been NOT confirmations or sightings of this person. Yale and New Haven police are in the area. If you have information, please call 911 immediately. Yale Police advises those on campus to remain in their current location and shelter in place until there is additional information.
Thankfully, many students are not on campus right now because of Thanksgiving break.
The situation is still breaking and developing.
— Ivy Jacobson