There was a lock down of the University of Rhode Island campus in Kingston today after reports of a possible gunman on campus.

Lockdown lifted at URI Kingston campus; police say no evidence of shooter

The Providence Journal had live coverage including a Twitter map showing locked-down students tweeting about the experience:

ProJo Twitter MAP URI gunman

Turns out there was no gun or gunman found, and investigators think it may have just been a Nurf Gun game, via ProJo, No gun seen or found at URI; students’ game involved Nerf guns:

No gun was seen. No gun was found and State Police Capt. Frank Castellone said no one was ever in danger.

After an extensive search and investigation by the R.I. State Police, South Kingstown and University of Rhode Island Campus police, there is no evidence of any gunman on the URI campus.

They did however find two Nerf guns that belonged to a student who was in the Chafee building auditorium. That was where a professor and another student reported hearing someone say, “I’m a nice guy, I have a gun,” according to Castellone.

There is a game going on this campus and others called Humans versus Zombies that involved students shooting each other with Nerf guns. Castellone says police are still investigating whether that game is connected with this incident. URI president David Dooley said the game has gone on for years without any problems but it may be reviewed in the future….

Castellone emphasized that no one actually saw a gun.


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