Toronto police have closed off University of Toronto’s downtown campus after receiving two calls on Monday morning about suspicious activity, including a report of a man with a gun.
After of a suspicious person was reportedly spotted in the area Monday morning, the University of Toronto was placed under campus emergency.
Toronto police received a call around 9 A.M. of a suspicious person with their face covered near a building under construction at the east end of the downtown campus. A second call came in moments later about a person being spotted with a gun. Authorities say the police tactical unit is on scene and conducting a search of the buildings under lockdown.
Update- 3:13 PM EST
University of Toronto buildings cleared and are being reopened. No suspect was located, Toronto Police say.
Update- 12:19 PM EST:
Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters that the the suspect is wearing all black clothing, a black backpack, and a surgical mask.
The building currently on lockdown are:
- Falconer Hall: 84 Queen’s Park
- Faculty of Law: 78 Queen’s Park
- Trinity College: 6 Hoskin Avenue
- Faculty of Music: Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park
- Munk School of Global Affairs: 1 Devonshire Place
- Gerald Larkin Building: 15 Devonshire Place
- Varsity Centre: 299 Bloor Street West
- All Victoria University Building
The nearby Women’s College Hospital and Sickkids Hospital are also closed as a result of the police investigation.
Here is a video of one suspect being placed under arrest and taken into custody:
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University of Toronto has closed several buildings as police search for a suspicious person on campus.
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