AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Students at UMass Amherst have been given the “all clear,” less than two hours after the issuance of a Shelter-in-Place order, regarding an “armed person” on campus. Just before 7:15, a campus-wide announcement was made about the all-clear, and the students began leaving their dorms. According to Daniel Fitzgibbons of the UMass News Office, a student called in a report of a gunman at around 5:45 p.m. One or possibly two armed hostile people were seen inside the Pierpont Hall dorm. Students across the campus were urged to stay inside until the situation had been determined to be safe.
There are more than 29,000 students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, many of whom reside on the campus. UMass Amherst is the largest public university in New England.