Man armed with rifle: University of Toronto on lockdown


TORONTO, Canada – Police in Toronto are investigating a suspicious person on the campus of the University of Toronto. The man is reportedly armed with a rifle. An additional man has been taken into custody. Students are being advised to remain in place.

The university has informed students in a statement and on Twitter that many buildings are closed on campus, and advised students to “remain in place until an all-clear is called.”

A video posted on twitter by @camilacore showed police vehicles, officers, and a fire truck at the scene.

The man already taken into custody was handcuffed and walked out of the university’s faculty of law building before being put into a police car, CBC reported.

However, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said that man is “under investigation for something else right now.” He declined to provide further details.

Saunders said several people on campus reported seeing a “suspicious person” dressed in black with a “surgical type” mask and knapsack, the National Post reported.

One person who called 911 said the man had a gun.

Meanwhile, two nearby hospitals have announced they are on lockdown.

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has announced that trains on the Yonge-University line are bypassing Museum station due to the police investigation.