A man with a handgun was reported at a Panera Bread restaurant near Princeton University on Tuesday morning, sending authorities swarming to the location.
Employees and customers fled as police swarmed the location.
Princeton, N.J., police alerted residents in the area to stay away from Nassau Street near Washington and Witherspoon as officers responded to calls of an armed gunman. FOX NEWS
“PHS is monitoring situation in town and we are in ‘shelter-in-place’ status as a precaution. Shelter-in-place’ keeps us secure indoors, instruction able to continue and on stand-by for updates.” ~ Gary Snyder, principal at Princeton High School
State police say they’re among the agencies responding to a standoff inside Panera sandwich shop by the Ivy League school.
10:30 a.m. Employees and customers fled as police swarmed the location.
Local police, state police and the FBI are at the scene. Several police officers on Nassau Street have guns drawn. Police are trying to negotiate with the man, Chief Nick Sutter told Planet Princeton. Police asked the man to allow an officer to enter to negotiate with him. The man could be heard on the police scanner saying “no one is coming through those doors.”
Sutter said police do not know at this point if anyone else aside from the shooter is still in the building. The man with the gun has asked the public to stay away from the area.
— Princeton University (@Princeton) March 20, 2018
Princeton University officials say Henry House and Scheide Caldwell House, the two campus buildings closest to the restaurant, have been evacuated.
POLICE EMERGENCY NASSAU STREET SHUT DOWN BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND WITHERSPOON NO TRAFFIC PERMITTED from Princeton NJ Police Department : Nixle https://t.co/hFYiJ6M4Ug
— Princeton, NJ Police (@PrincetonPolice) March 20, 2018
Tom Morrison, a retired sheriff’s deputy from Kern County, California, told NJ.com he was at a Starbucks nearby on Nassau Street when he saw the police arrive.
This is a developing story.
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