WestConn students told to 'shelter in place' after report of gunman

UPDATE: The college said on Twitter that no threat had been found at 5:04 p.m, and lifted the shelter in place order. "Police will continue to investigate but the campus has been declared safe," the school said.

Western Connecticut State University issued a shelter in place warning to students on its westside campus after a student reported seeing someone with a gun in the campus’s visual and performing arts building Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Students were alerted via a text message sent at 1:59 p.m.

A Ridgefield student who attends the college said his friend called in the alert.

“She said she might have seen someone with a gun," the student told The Press, "so to be safe we called the cops.”

The school also said that reports of a shooter fleeing into the woods, which circulated on social media after the alert was issued, were untrue.

Danbury Police said on Twitter that they were responding to an "unsubstantiated report of a man with a gun," and said that the entrance to the school had been closed. They asked the public to stay away from the area.

At 3:05 p.m. the college reported police were searching room-by-room in the visual and performing arts building while students on the westside campus were instructed to remain in shelter.