Suspect in custody after reports of gunman near New Haven University

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The suspect taken into custody was carrying two loaded handguns, cops say. (Photo: Hartford Courant)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (PIX11) – Police took a man into custody Tuesday afternoon after a report of a man with a gun near the University of New Haven put the campus on alert.

Police said the man was seen getting a rifle out of a car near the New Haven Plaza shopping center at Campbell and First avenues, across the street from the South Campus.

He was taken into custody a few blocks from there, and he was carrying a rifle, police said. Police said they found ammunition magazines in the car.

It was not immediately clear if he was charged with a crime.

A “shelter in place” order remained in effect after the suspect was taken into custody. A “methodical search is taking place,” the school reported on Twitter.

The school initially announced the emergency on its Facebook page:

“West Haven Police Department has reported an Asian male near South Campus with what appears to be a rifle,” the announcement states. “Shelter in place and await further instruction.”

Part of Campbell Avenue was shut down, and police were stopping cars in the area. Officers from area departments, some with bomb-sniffing dogs, arrived in the area. Police were conducting a building to building search on campus.

State police and the FBI were helping with the search.

Carrigan School at 2 Tetlow St. and Forest School at 95 Burwell Road, both in West Haven, were put in “stay in place” mode, a school official said. That order was later lifted.

Brooke Martins, an 18-year-old UNH student from Andover, was in her room in the Bixler Hall dormitory when she got an alert at 12:45 p.m., she said.

“We were told to stay locked down, make sure doors were locked, stay away from windows,” she said. “At first we all freaked out, but we know it’s safe here.”

Martins said she and her roommates could see police searching the area with dogs.

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