'Real, credible threat' locks down Utica College for hours

  • 'Real, credible threat' locks down Utica College for hours

'Real, credible threat' locks down Utica College for hours

Utica College was placed on lockdown after police received a "real, credible threat".

The college initiated a "shelter in place" order just before 12 p.m.

The newspaper also tweeted a photo of students sheltered in place hiding under tables.

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) - 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.

State police, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office and Utica City Police were on the scene.

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. Everyone on campus is to remain sheltered in place.

The lockdown was officially lifted about six hours later after armed, uniformed officers went building-to-building.

The New Hartford, Utica, Sauquoit Valley, New York Mills, Whitesboro and Westmoreland School Districts, along with Notre Dame High School, were all paced on lockout as a precaution. Comply with all law enforcement instructions. The college told students they would be evacuated and escorted to a safe location.

A message posted to Utica College's Twitter page said that people on campus should continue to shelter in place until they receive a UC Alert instruction to do otherwise. Please stay where you are until directed by law enforcement.

All schools within the Utica City School District are now under a precautionary lockout as well, according to district officals. An alert was also issued on the college's Twitter account.

The calls were from an individual who stated he was armed with a weapon, according to the City of Utica's Police Department.