‘Shelter in place’ ordered at CCRI’s Warwick campus

Witness may have mistaken an armored car employee for someone else

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – Students at Community College of R.I.’s Warwick campus were told to shelter in place after someone reportedly spotted a person with a “holstered gun” Monday afternoon.

Col. Stephen McCartney of the Warwick Police Department said they received a call from campus security minutes before noon and asked if they could send police officers to assist in a search.

At around 12:15 p.m. the CCRI Twitter feed sent out information: “SHELTER IN PLACE AT THE KNIGHT CAMPUS. A single report of a man with a holstered weapon has been reported to campus police. Warwick Police are on site. STAY IN YOUR ROOM WHILE POLICE ACTIVITY IS IN PROGRESS, MORE INFO TO FOLLOW.”

A short time later college tweeted: “UPDATE: Warwick and CCRI PD are thoroughly searching the Knight Campus. This is NOT an active shooter situation. Campus is calm. Seek shelter in a locked area.”

The college then tweeted out the situation was “all clear” about one hour after the lockdown was ordered.

“No active threat was identified. Warwick PD will remain on campus for remainder of the afternoon. Normal activities will resume,” the tweet stated.

In a news release issued later in the day, college security determined the person may have spotted an armored car employee who was wearing a holstered gun.

“At no point were there any corroborating reports of an armed individual reported to CCRI or Warwick Police,” the college said in the statement. “College Police said the timing, location and description of the individual indicates that he could have been a courier from the armored car service that works with our college bookstore.”