Police: Yale gunman call 'may have been a hoax'

Police believe a phone call reporting a man was en route to Yale University's campus "with the intention of shooting people" may have been a hoax.

Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, was lockdown following the security alert, with Yale, New Haven and state police among the forces who descended on the Old Campus in the hunt for the gunman.

Police cars block the street near Yale's Old Campus.
Police said Yale's Old Campus is still in lockdown but the 'shelter in place' alert has been lifted elsewhere.

New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman said the anonymous caller, who is not believed to be a student, was the one making the threat.

Esserman said the FBI is using voice recognition software to try and determine the identity of the caller, who will then be arrested and charged.

"We're going to find the person who made that call, we're going to put handcuffs on the person who made that call," Esserman added.

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Yale University 'gun alert' over

Yale University in the US state of Connecticut has lifted its security alert after an anonymous 911 call claimed their room-mate was heading to the campus "with the intention of shooting people".