Misidentification prompts CCRI lockdown

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A report from a student at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) on Monday morning describing a man in black with a holstered gun caused a short stir and a lockdown until a law enforcement investigation revealed the supposed suspect belonged to an armored car company making a scheduled delivery.

Acting Chief of the CCRI Police Sean Collins said on Monday afternoon that they received a call after a young woman reported to a dean that she had seen a man wearing a holstered weapon at around 11:50 a.m.

However,the police had difficulty gleaning details about the report, as the student waited about a half hour between seeing him and reporting the incident and they received no further reports of the man following the initial report.

CCRI Police called in the Warwick Police Department for support while they investigated the incident, and the college was put on lockdown. The incident was never elevated to an active shooter situation status.

Collins said that, based on the student’s description, police felt that the individual was likely with an armored car service – who may carry firearms but do not always have identifiable markings on their uniforms, especially from behind, as the student saw the man – and checked the logs for deliveries.

“We know from the log the person was there within the approximate timeframe she observed it,” Collins said. “Out of an abundance of caution we notified Warwick…We know for a fact we had a delivery at that time, and we have the guy on camera from the front.”

The school was taken out of lockdown after about two hours and given the all-clear status.

Although it turned out to be a false alarm, and the student initially hesitated to report the situation, Collins ultimately praised her choice to report.

“Ultimately,she did the right thing,” he said. “Ultimately,we want to encourage people to report things.”

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Kammy

I saw quite a few comments on Facebook about this incident that did nothing but call out "snowflakes" and finding their "safe place". I had a child at CCRI in class that day and after the school shootings that took place last week, neither my daughter or myself were upset at the precautions that were taken. We live in a very scary time where people have scant regard for life and shoot to kill without blinking an eye. Violence can and has erupted at what we consider safe locations: schools, church, malls, movie theaters, etc. When I was growing up I never had to think twice about being in those locations and being alert to potential danger. I am glad that the school and the police took this seriously. Thank you for keeping us safe.

Wednesday, January 31