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Rhode Island university ends lockdown after no gunman found

April 04, 2013|By Michael Muskal

A lockdown of the Kingston campus of the University of Rhode IslandĀ  ended on Thursday with no indication that there was ever a gunman at the school, officials said.

Hours after the school sent out an alert warning students and educators to stay indoors, the emergency shutdown was lifted, the school said on its website.

“The Kingston campus lock-down has ended. State police have cleared Chafee Hall. The investigation has revealed that at no time was there a gun or an active shooter on the campus,” the school said.

“Classes will resume on Friday, April 5.”

The original alert was sent shortly after 12:30 p.m.

The school said it was investigating reports of a man with a gun in and around Chafee Hall on the Kingston campus. The building is used by several departments and some administrators.

The university has an enrollment of about 14,700.

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