Duck hunters cause lockdown at WCSU Westside Campus

- FILE - Western Connecticut State University (Image: Facebook/WestConn)
- FILE - Western Connecticut State University (Image: Facebook/WestConn)

DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — The Westside Campus of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury was in lockdown for almost one hour Thursday morning as police responded to an incident near the campus.

At 6:45 a.m., Danbury police began receiving numerous phone calls from nervous residents reporting the sound of gunfire. Residents told officers they could hear the sound of gunshots coming from the valley near the WCSU Westside Campus on Lake Avenue.

Just after 7:45 a.m., WCSU officials posted on the university’s facebook page that students and staff were to remain in place and wait for an all-clear announcement from police.

The warning applied only to the Westside campus. The Midtown campus of WCSU on White Street was not impacted.

Danbury and WCSU police investigated, and determined that the sounds of gunfire came from duck hunters in the valley near the campus.

Just before 8:30 a.m., WCSU police reported that the situation was under control, and the all-clear signal was given to students and staff.

The hunters have not been identified, and it is unclear if they had permission to hunt in that particular location. There is no danger to the public.