All clear: Lockdown lifted at Utica College


All clear: Lockdown lifted at Utica College

Utica College was put on lockdown Monday "due to a real, credible threat", campus officials tweeted.

A pair of phone calls threatening to take some sort of action at the Gordon Science Center on the campus of Utica College has resulted in a campus-wide lockdown.

Utica police are working with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to investigate the threat.

The lockdown was officially lifted about six hours later after armed, uniformed officers went building-to-building. If you are sheltered in place, you will be evacuated and escorted to a safe location.

Everyone on campus has been asked to stay sheltered and in one place until the threat has been lifted.

Local, state and federal law enforcement had conducted a full search of the Utica College campus after two phone calls were made to authorities, the caller claiming to have a gun and challenging police to stop them.

"Remain where you are until you receive instruction from law enforcement", the college Tweeted around 4:30 p.m.

The college and city police later said there had been no confirmation of shots or any injuries. "Please get to a safe place and remain there until you are told the shelter in place direction has been lifted", the college wrote on Twitter at 11:49 a.m. on Monday. The message reportedly stated "come get me".

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office been dispatched to the scene, in addition to Utica police and state police.

UTICA - Utica College students and staff have received a message notifying them that the school is locking down due to a threat.

Police said the college received a threat of someone saying he had a weapon around 11 a.m. Monday. An alert was also issued on the college's Twitter account.



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