Police say Yale campus is safe, call believed a hoax

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UPDATE: New Haven authorities say they have not found a gunman on Yale's campus and are leaning toward a call warning of an armed man heading to shoot up the school being a hoax.

New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman said at a news conference Monday afternoon that New Haven and the Yale campus are both safe.

A lockdown was ended for the entire campus Monday afternoon after police spent the day searching rooms to confirm that no gunman was on campus.

New Haven police Officer David Hartman says an anonymous caller from a pay phone nearby told them his roommate had a gun and was heading to the campus.

Esserman says police hope to track down and arrest the caller.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Police in New Haven, Conn., say they received a call saying someone was coming to Yale University with a gun to shoot up the school.
   
Police blocked off several downtown streets Monday and put the Ivy League school on lockdown as they searched for the potential gunman.
   
New Haven police Officer David Hartman says an anonymous caller told them his roommate had a gun and was heading to the campus.
   
He says at least two people reported seeing a man with a long gun in the area.  Hartman says there was nothing specific about the threat. He says the call came from a pay telephone near the school.
   
There have been no reports of shots fired or anyone injured.
   
No arrests have been made.

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