03/06/2013 03:40 pm ET Updated May 06, 2013

Manchester Community College Lockdown: Gunman Report Prompts Campus Closure In Connecticut

Manchester Community College was on lockdown Wednesday after a student contacted authorities to report that another student had a gun in his waistband.

The Connecticut college posted an alert on its website shortly after the 2 p.m. incident, confirming an all-campus lockdown:

MCC is presently under a shelter-in-place emergency and advises that all students stay off campus until further notice. Remaining classes and events for Wednesday March 6 have been cancelled.

The reports of a gunman on campus are unconfirmed. The Connecticut Mirror reports that no shots have been fired, and that SWAT teams were sweeping the campus.

A responding officer was wounded during the search by an accidental firing of a weapon, the New York Daily News reports. There were no other reported injuries.

By Wednesday evening, the scene appeared to be cleared, though it was unclear whether the official lockdown was called off. Police wouldn't initially confirm that there was a gunman on campus.

From the Mirror:

Students were apparently being instructed to walk out of their rooms with their hands up until making it outside.

The director of campus public safety said police are looking for a male student. Faculty at the campus told the Mirror that police told them that they are looking for a male wearing a red t-shirt who was reportedly seen with a gun in his waistband.



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