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Upstate New York college on lockdown after 'real' and 'credible' threat

Upstate New York college on lockdown after 'real' and 'credible' threat

Utica College in upstate NY ordered students to shelter in place on Monday after it received threats from a person saying he was armed with a weapon, school and police officials said.

The college initiated a "shelter in place" order just before 12 p.m.

No gunfire or injuries have been reported, the school said. A heavy police presence can be seen at the Burrstone Road campus.

Three schools in the Greater Utica area are facing threats, resulting in closure and lockdowns to start the school week at several area schools.

The college is in Utica, a small city close to Lake Ontario.

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Utica College says that law enforcement will be evacuating school buildings and escorting people to a safe location. "Please follow all instruction from law enforcement". There was also no confirmation of any shots fired. Campus remains in lock down.

The college tweeted at 11:49 a.m. that the situation is a "real, credible threat".

The school is asking students to stay in place.

The school alerted the community to the status via Twitter around 11:12 a.m.

UC ALERT: UC has received a threat and is Locking Down. Local, state, and federal law enforcement are on scene.


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