Conn. University Lockdown Ends, at Least 2 Detained

Nov 4, 2013 12:48 PM

CBS/AP/ November 4, 2013

At least one person has been taken into custody, according to campus police at Central Connecticut State University, after reports of an armed man placed the school on lockdown earlier this afternoon.

CBS Affiliate WFSB says there are reports that at least two, and possibly three, people have been detained.

Students who had barricaded themselves in their dorm rooms have tweeted pictures showing two men -- one white, one black -- in handcuffs.

Police have issued the "all-clear," and school officials say the lockdown has ended. Classes for the rest of the day have been cancelled.

Early this afternoon CCSU sounded a siren, and posted alerts on the university's website and via Twitter, telling students to to get inside buildings and stay there due to a "campus emergency."

"This is not a drill," a tweet from the school said.

CBS Affiliate WFSB was told by numerous students of sightings of a masked man with a gun, or a man wearing camouflage and carrying a knife, entering a dormitory.

Jordan Governale, a 20-year-old junior from Farmington, said he walked by a man carrying a backpack and with a sword and sheath strapped to his back. The man was wearing a mask, camouflage pants, knee pads and a vest resembling body armor, Governale said.

A minute later he said he saw police responding.

"At first I thought it was a Halloween costume. But after I saw the cops I thought it was some sort of threat," he said. "It's pretty scary. It's pretty strange, unexpected."

Governale said he did not hear gunshots.

Students have reportedly barricaded themselves inside their dorm rooms at James Hall.

CBS Affiliate WFSB reports the heavy police presence on campus included SWAT teams and police dogs. The station said three SWAT teams are conducting a sweep of the area.

About two hours alter, pictures were circulated on Twitter that showed two men, including one wearing what appeared to be camouflage pants, being escorted in handcuffs by police.

New Britain Mayor Tim O'Brien told the media that there are no reports of injuries at this time.

More than 12,000 students attend the university, which has a 182-acre campus.

Morgan Podlisny, an 18-year-old freshman who lives near where police were focusing their search, said the situation had calmed down by Monday afternoon.

"At first, there were a lot of cops there rushing in with guns," she said.

Kiara Gupton, a 21-year-old junior, was among the students told to stay in her dorm. She said she could see SWAT teams and dogs.

"I'm really just upset about this," she said, recalling last year's deadly school shooting in Newtown, about 30 miles away. "It's scary. ... To see all these SWAT teams outside is really just overwhelming."

According to the station, HALS Academy and Holmes Elementary School in New Britain were also placed on modified lockdown due to the emergency on the CCSU campus.

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