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Was the Call That Caused the Yale Lockdown a Hoax?

New Haven Police are looking for a person of interest who was in the area of the pay phone where the call was placed on Nov. 25.

Credit: New Haven Police Department
Credit: New Haven Police Department
On the morning of Nov. 25, Yale, New Haven and state police converged on Yale's Old Campus and the school issued a shelter-in-place order for staff and students after an anonymous telephone call was received stating that the caller's roommate was headed toward the Ivy League campus with a gun to shoot people.

Later in the day, after the buildings were cleared and the shelter-in-place order was lifted, police said they believed the call was a hoax. And now, they have a person of interest who was in the vicinity of the 300 block of Columbus Avenue, where the call was made.

A surveillance camera captured footage of a woman police believe may have information about the call, and are actively seeking to speak with her, according to a news release from the New Haven Police Department, which has been getting assistance from the FBI in the investigation.

Anyone with information about the woman or anything else pertinent to the investigation can call New Haven police at 203-946-6304.

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