Gunman reported at University of Rhode Island, no known injuries, classes cancelled

Students gather outside the Chafee Building at the University of Rhode Island campus after reports of a possible gunman at the school on Thursday, April 4, 2013

(CBS/AP) SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - The University of Rhode Island said Thursday that there were no reported injuries as police are investigating reports of a gunman on campus, CBS affiliate WPRI reports.

The school in South Kingstown was under lockdown at noontime Thursday after receiving reports of a possible gunman in the school's Chafee Hall, which houses several departments and some college administration offices, WPRI reports.

According to its Twitter feed, the school said the campus was not cleared and precautions still remained in effect. No injuries were reported as of 12:30 p.m., but people were urged to stay indoors and seek shelter. The school also canceled classes for the day.

"We are continuing to investigate reports of a man with a gun in or around Chafee Hall on the Kingston Campus," the university wrote on its Facebook page. "Secure yourself indoors, stay there, and do not move about outside until further notice."

Steven O'Donnell, head of the Rhode Island State Police, told The Associated Press that there is no evidence of an active shooter.


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