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Police: Man With Pellet Gun Prompts BU Shelter-in-Place

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    Shelter in Place at Boston University

    There was a shelter in place at Boston University on Tuesday afternoon, which was lifted after approximately an hour.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018)

    A person with an airsoft rifle in Boston's Fenway and Kenmore Square areas prompted a shelter-in-place order at Boston University Tuesday afternoon, police confirmed.

    Boston police said they received a report from a resident about a person who may have a gun in the area of 829 Beacon St. just after 1 p.m. Tuesday and that officers are on the scene.

    Boston University officials said in the alerts that police are investigating a report of a person who may have had a gun near Landmark Center on Park Drive in the Fenway area, and that the issued the shelter-in-place after receiving a report that the person was running in the MBTA tunnels through Kenmore Square.

    For a time, authorities believed the person could have ran into the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Kenmore Square, and employees were rushed out as police investigated.

    AERIAL VIDEO: Police at Boston University for Report of Possibly Armed Person

    [NECN]AERIAL VIDEO: Police at Boston University for Report of Possibly Armed Person

    Sky Ranger video shows Boston police and Boston University police at Boston University near Kenmore Square following a report of a possibly armed person near campus.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018)

    Boston police later said the person who was reported with a firearm actually had an airsoft rifle. The unnamed person is not in custody and the investigation continues, according to police.

    This is the second scare in recent weeks at a Boston-area university. Simmons University was placed in lock down earlier this month after someone reported hearing gunshots. The noise turned out to be the sound of popping balloons.

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