Yale Gunman Story Likely a Hoax: Cops

Caller said roommate intended to shoot people

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 25, 2013 1:15 PM CST | Updated Nov 25, 2013 5:14 PM CST

(Newser) – Yale University has lifted its lockdown after police said an anonymous call about a gunman headed to campus was probably a hoax, reports the AP. "New Haven is safe. The Yale campus is safe," said New Haven's police chief. "Though it is starting to tilt in the direction of an innocent mistake, it started with a purposeful and malicious call." A New Haven police officer said earlier that the caller claimed "that his roommate was on his way to the university, to Yale University, to shoot people."

Several witnesses reported seeing someone with a "long gun," but there were no reports of shots fired or injuries, ABC News reports. During the lockdown, police blocked off several streets near the school and advised students and faculty to either stay off campus, or stay where they were on campus.

Police respond to the reports of a gunman on Yale campus Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in New Haven, Conn.
Police respond to the reports of a gunman on Yale campus Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in New Haven, Conn.   (AP Photo/New Haven Register, Arnold Gold)
Police respond to the reports of a gunman on Yale campus Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in New Haven, Conn.
Police respond to the reports of a gunman on Yale campus Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in New Haven, Conn.   (AP Photo/New Haven Register, Arnold Gold)
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