Report of Man With Gun Prompts School Lockdowns

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013  |  Updated 7:16 PM EDT
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Report of Man With Gun Prompts School Lockdowns

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Police are investigating reports of a gunman near the Hamden Transfer Station.

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A report of a man with a rifle prompted school lockdowns and an alert at Southern Connecticut State University Wednesday afternoon.

An employee at the Hamden Transfer Station at 231 Wintergreen Avenue called police around 1:30 p.m. after seeing a man wearing a black jacket and carrying a rifle, according to police.  The employee told officers the rifle had a scope attached to it.

Police from Hamden, New Haven Southern Connecticut State University and Yale University set up a perimeter along the Hamden-New Haven line and searched the woods nearby.  Officers also canvassed neighborhoods, but were not able to find the man reported to have a gun, according to police.

During the search, several New Haven schools were placed into lockdown and alert was sent out to SCSU students and staff to notify them of the situation.  The alert urged people to stay away from Wintergreen Avenue, but the campus was never placed into lockdown, according to a school spokesperson.

An investigation into the incident will continue.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Hamden Police at 203-230-4000.

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