New York's Utica College on Lockdown After 'Credible Threat'

New York's Utica College on Lockdown After 'Credible Threat'

Utica College has gone into lockdown Monday because of a "real, credible" threat, according to the college's social media.

Utica police are working with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to investigate the threat.

Officials at an upstate NY college say a lockdown sparked by a telephone threat has ended after all buildings were searched and staff and students escorted to safe locations.

A later post said armed police are evacuating campus buildings and escorting students and staff to safety.

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The college and city police later said there had been no confirmation of shots or any injuries.

The college first reported the lockdown an hour and a half earlier, and have since called it a "real, credible threat". Police officers have arrived on scene, but told Fox News no shots were fired.

The New Hartford, Utica, Sauquoit Valley, New York Mills, Whitesboro and Westmoreland School Districts, along with Notre Dame High School, were all paced on lockout as a precaution. "Please follow all instructions", the college tweeted. Residential students will be escorted back to their residence halls by law enforcement, and must remain there until the lockdown has been lifted. "Please stay where you are until directed by law enforcement", the college tweeted.