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Utica College on lock down while police investigate threat

06 March 2018, 01:48 | Marta Robbins

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Real credible threats prompt Utica College lockdown

The college sent messages on social media throughout the day asking students to shelter in place, saying they would be evacuated and escorted to a safe location.

According to WUTR-TV, a local ABC affiliate in Utica, the lockdown order was in response to two phone calls the school received Monday morning, in which the caller reportedly threatened the school's Gordon Science Center. Police completed a search of the building and determined the the students, school and staff were safe. the lockdown was lifted.

Anyone who who leaves campus can not return until the lockdown is lifted, police said. Residential students will be escorted back to their residence halls by law enforcement, and must remain there until the lockdown has been lifted.

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The calls were from an individual who stated he was armed with a weapon, according to the City of Utica's Police Department. Everyone on campus is to remain sheltered in place.

Armed, uniformed police officers will be cleaning buildings on campus as soon as possible.

The school is located about 50 miles from Syracuse and has roughly 3,500 students. "Please stay where you are until directed by law enforcement", the school tweeted after 12 p.m. on Monday.

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