Arrest made after possible gunman sighted near University of New Haven

Dec. 3, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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WEST HAVEN, Conn., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Police arrested a student near the University of New Haven Tuesday and recovered weapons after a report of a possible gunman, the Connecticut school said.

"Police are currently conducting a building-by-building search of the UNH campus," a notice posted on the school's website said. "One suspect is in custody and weapons have been recovered.

"There is no indication of additional suspects at this time. Police are conducting these searches to ensure all areas are safe.

"For everyone's safety, shelter-in-place remains in effect due to a large police presence on campus."

The private school, which has 6,400 students, canceled the remainder of its afternoon classes.

The New Haven Register reported police said the suspect was apprehended walking near the campus.

The newspaper said Fairfield Police Sgt. Suzanne Lussier confirmed the man was a commuter student from Fairfield. Police and FBI were searching his home. Police said the man had a valid pistol permit.

Police responded to a 911 call of a man with a rifle getting out of a car in a ShopRite parking lot and found ammunition magazines in the car, the Register said.

The newspaper said the school posted a message on Twitter about 1:30 p.m. EST saying West Haven police had reported "an Asian male near South Campus with what appears to be a rifle. SHELTER IN PLACE and await further instruction."

The newspaper said Forest Elementary and Carrigan Intermediate schools had lifted their "shelter in place" warnings and intended to dismiss classes as usual.

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