School ends shelter order issued over report of armed people

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Posted: Feb 18, 2016 8:34 PM

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts has ended a shelter-in-place order issued after a report of one or two possible "hostile armed" people at a dormitory on its Amherst campus.

The university announced on its website around 7 p.m. Thursday the order had been lifted and students could resume normal activities.

University spokesman Daniel Fitzgibbons says the campus-wide alert was issued in the late afternoon after a student reported seeing a man with a gun. A second alert was issued adding a possible second suspect involved.

Fitzgibbons says there were no reports of shots fired or injuries at the university's flagship campus, about 90 miles west of Boston.

The university said earlier campus police interviewed witnesses and set up a perimeter around Pierpont Hall, which caters to first-year students.

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This story has been corrected to show the name of the dormitory is Pierpont Hall, not Pierpoint Hall.