Utica College on lock down while police investigate threat

SOURCE WKTV

A lockdown at Utica College was lifted around 5 p.m. Monday, after police conducted a thorough search of every building on campus. Police said there were no arrests and no confirmation of any shooter on campus. Utica Police report that there were no reports of any shots fired and no reports of anyone seen on campus with any weapons.

Entrance to Utica College in Utica, New York.

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An upstate NY college is on lockdown due to what it calls a "real, credible threat", but the college and police say there has been no confirmation of shots fired or injuries reported.

This is a developing story, and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Utica College has about 5,000 students on campus and studying online.

The lockdown came at a time of heightened tension in schools after a gunman with an assault-style rifle killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on February 14. And, in the valley, Jarvis Middle School in Mohawk was on lockdown due to an unconfirmed threat made against that school.

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Within the next half hour, faculty, staff, and non-residential students will be systematically released from campus. A post on the school's social media sites say the threat is credible.

'Law enforcement continues to investigate the threat, ' the school said.

Utica College is now under a lock down due to a real, credible threat.

Armed, uniformed police officers will be cleaning buildings on campus as soon as possible. Comply with all law enforcement instructions.

'If you are sheltered in place, you will be evacuated and escorted to a safe location. Please stay where you are until directed by law enforcement.

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