Suspected Gunman at the University of New Haven In Custody [UPDATE]
Update, 3:22 p.m.: NBC Connecticut reports that the suspect is a University of New Haven student, and that he was carrying two handguns in addition to a rifle. The Voice's request for comment from West Haven Police was not immediately returned.
Update, 2:40 p.m.: Afternoon classes have been cancelled. The university press office confirmed to the Village Voice that it is unclear how much longer the building-by-building search will continue.
Original item: A suspected gunman at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut has been taken into custody after sightings on the university's south campus.
The university tweeted out a warning to shelter in place just before 1 p.m. At 1:20 p.m., a follow-up tweet indicated the suspect was in custody. The university's website described the suspect as an Asian male "with what appears to be a rifle.
This is the second gunman scare on a University campus in as many weeks, both on Connecticut campuses. An anonymous caller at Yale University in neighboring New Haven claimed a gunman was roaming the campus while students were on Thanksgiving break. No gunman was found.
Police are conducting a building-by-building search, but the shelter advisory remains in effect. We will update as the situation develops.
EMERGENCY: WHPD has reported an Asian male near South Campus with what appears to be a rifle. SHELTER IN PLACE and await further instruction— U. of New Haven (@UNH) December 3, 2013
UPDATE: Suspect is in custody, CONTINUE TO SHELTER IN PLACE until further instructions.— U. of New Haven (@UNH) December 3, 2013
UPDATE: ... All reports are that there is one suspect in custody however a methodical search is taking place. Continue to SHELTER IN PLACE.— U. of New Haven (@UNH) December 3, 2013
UPDATE: THE LOCKDOWN HAS BEEN LIFTED. Police has completed search and it is now safe to move about campus. Thank you for your cooperation.— U. of New Haven (@UNH) December 3, 2013