Security on high alert for Trump event in Worcester

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump gestures toward photographers at the conclusion of a campaign event, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Worcester, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

WORCESTER, Mass. (WPRI) — Police and security in Worcester were on high alert Wednesday night as presidential candidate Donald Trump held a campaign event at the DCU Center.

Thousands were in attendance to show their support for one of the frontrunners in the race for the Republican nomination.

The event was held just two days after a number of rifles and other weapons were stolen from the Lincoln Army Reserve Center in Worcester, and five days after dozens of people were killed in terror attacks in Paris.

“We’re gonna win with ISIS and boy are we going to win with them and we’re going to do it fast,” Trump said as he addressed the crowd.

On at least three occasions, protesters were escorted out of the rally.

“I thought it was excellent,” said attendee Spencer Harrington. “They had plenty of guards posted on all of the entrances. They had guards, police watching all the way around. They had people dressed like us. It was fine the whole time.”

There are currently 14 Republicans in the 2016 presidential race, with Trump and Ben Carson leading the pack. Just three candidates remain on the Democratic side, with former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton holding the lead.

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