The police in Princeton, N. J. responded to reports of an armed man at Panera Bread, near Princeton University.
A standoff was underway Tuesday outside a Panera Bread restaurant near Princeton University, after police responded to reports of a man with a gun at the chain eatery.
A man, armed with a gun allegedly went to the Panera Bread on Nassau Street across from the Ivy League university around 10:30 hours, Employees and customers fled as the police swarmed the location.
POLICE EMERGENCY NASSAU STREET CLOSED BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND WITHERSPOON NO TRAFFIC ALLOWED from Princeton NJ Police Department : Nixle https://t.co/hFYiJ6M4Ug
— Princeton, NJ Police (@PrincetonPolice) 20 March 2018
Princeton police warned residents in the area to stay away and the traffic was closed between Washington and Witherspoon streets.
It was not immediately clear if shots were fired inside or as hostages.
The police Nick Sutter told Planet Princeton that authorities tried to negotiate with the shooter. The man could be heard on the police scanner say: “nobody comes through those doors.”
Sutter said that the police don’t know if anyone else was still in the building. He said that the situation was contained.
The university sent an alert to students and teachers. On its website, the officials said two nearby campus buildings – Henry House and Depart Caldwell House were evacuated.
.@PrincetonPolice were called to the Panera restaurant on Nassau Street across from the #PrincetonU campus, and they have an armed man surrounded in the building. https://t.co/8LSRzYjVxQ
— Princeton University (@Princeton) March 20, 2018
The classes are not in session as it was at the university spring break.
Princeton public schools were the shelter in connection with the incident.
PHS is the monitoring of the situation in the city and we are in the “shelter-in-place” status as a precaution. “Shelter in place” keeps us safe indoors, instruction can continue, and on stand-by for updates.
— Gary Snyder (@PHS_Snyder) 20 March 2018
“PHS is the monitoring of the situation in the city and we are in” shelter-in-place ” status as a precaution,” Gary Snyder, rector at the university of Princeton high School tweeted. “‘Shelter in place’ keeps us safe indoors, instruction can stay on standby for updates.”
Tom Morrison, a retired sheriff deputy of Kern County, California, told NJ.com he was in a Starbucks in the neighborhood on Nassau Street when he saw the police arrive.
“I ran outside to get some of the people who came to look behind the perimeter,” Morrison said. “The police was with operational efficiency. They were setting up the perimeter pretty quickly.”
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