Police investigated a report of a man “seen with a firearm” in the Kenmore Square area Tuesday afternoon, entailing a search of the Barnes and Noble on Boston University’s campus, according to an emergency alert sent to students and staff of the school.
Officers responded to a report of man with a gun in the area of 833 Beacon St. around 1 p.m., and, when police confronted the suspect, he fled on foot. The weapon, an Airsoft pellet gun, was later located in the area, according to The Boston Globe.
The man was identified as a white male with a beard and curly hair, according to an alert. After fleeing from officers, he hopped on a Green Line train and then got off at Kenmore station, the Globe reports. That’s when he entered the Barnes and Noble, where the search continued.
During the hour-long ordeal, in which officers confined their manhunt to the store, BU issued a shelter in place for all buildings in and near the area, an alert said.
“Please remain calm and stay where you are,” the alert said. “Lock doors and stay away from Kenmore Square.”
BUPD is issuing a shelter in place for all buildings in and near the Kenmore Square area. Please stay inside and… Read More at https://t.co/uZs8W5XOdr
— BU Police Department (@BUPolice) October 16, 2018
State police, Boston police, and MBTA Transit Police conducted a sweep of the store, but were unable to locate the suspect, the Globe reports.
Campus police lifted the order around 2:13 p.m., concluding that the location was safe.
“Please resume your normal activities,” the latest alert said. “Thank you for your cooperation.”
UPDATE, ALL CLEAR: @BUPolice has lifted the shelter in place order. The area is determined safe.
— Boston University (@BU_Tweets) October 16, 2018
During the investigation, service on the Green Line was temporarily disrupted while officers searched the tunnels and briefly faced residual delays, according to the MBTA.
— MBTA (@MBTA) October 16, 2018