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Just before 2 PM, I heard from a Pi Cafe employee who received a phone call from their child who attends school in Middletown that there had been a shooting on Long Lane (the road, not the farm).
Alarmed that there had been no Public Safety or other alerts, I did a Google News search of “Long Lane shooting Middletown CT” which yielded the following news reports on the incident:
After emailing Public Safety Director Scott Rohde at 2:11 PM, I received this update at 2:33 PM:
“Public Safety was in contact with MPD. It was determined there was no immediate risk to campus. The suspect is known to the police. No specific action was requested of Wesleyan by the police. The suspect was believed to have left the area going south, further distancing himself from campus. We choose to notify both child care centers on campus, and provided the information we had to the Physical Plant staff who work in the Long Lane area. I sent out a campus notice a few moments ago as an information item.”
Courtesy of Caroline Shadle ’16:
Terpsichore is back y’all and you won’t want to miss this semester’s show! This fall’s completely student-choreographed show features a wide range of dances from breaking, to hip-hop, to contemporary…(and there might even be some twerking). So come out next Friday November 8th and Saturday November 9th to the World Music Hall to see the show!
The shows are happening FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8TH AT 7 AND 10 PM AND SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9TH AT 1 PM.
Tickets are on sale now for $4 at the Box Office in Usdan so get them soon!
Tickets go fast.
Dancing is hot.
Friday, November 8 at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM
Saturday, November 9 at 1:00 PM
Place: World Music Hall (Center for the Arts)
Cost: $4, Usdan Box Office
According to the New York Times, Boston Globe, and just about any other major media outlet, there has been a major explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon. BloombergTV has a live feed of the scene. From the New York Times:
The Associated Press reported that the authorities were helping injured runners leave the scene and bloody spectators were being carried to a medical tent that was being used for runners.
The A.P. said that a loud explosion was heard on the north side of Boylston Street, near a photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion was heard several seconds later.
Details are slowly emerging, but journalists and witnesses are reporting major injuries and possible casualties on social media. (Warning: Some of the images are graphic.) (Update: the Boston Police Department is reporting two deaths and 23 injuries from the blast. A third explosion was heard just before 4 p.m. President Obama is being briefed, and security is being increased at nearby hotels and “prominent locations in New York.”)
According to the Hartford Courant, Middletown police are investigating a reported shooting about an hour ago on Flower Street, which lies a little less than a mile from High Rise, near Middlesex Hospital. Here’s all the info that’s being reported so far:
Police are investigating a shooting on Flower Street.
Officers responded shortly before 9 p.m. for a report of a person shot in the leg. The victim was taken to the hospital in a private car.
Police have crime scene tape blocking access to Flower Street.
The above map shows the location of the shooting in relation to campus (though there’s no indication that the incident was Wesleyan-related). We’ll update this post if more details roll in.
Here’s an image of the crime scene, via Fox CT:
Update: Main Street is back open.
Happy first day of classes! Hoping to hit up Javapalooza for a post-class chill sesh? Not today. WTNH, along with Middletown Patch and other sources, is reporting that a gas leak has shut down our beloved Main Street. Here’s WTNH:
Main Street in Middletown is shut down due to a gas leak.
Officials from Yankee Gas say a construction crew accidentally broke a gas line in a business near Main and Court Streets.
Police tell News 8 several streets in the area are also closed while crews are on the scene.
The Middletown Police and Fire Departments are reportedly at the scene. We’ll update this as more rolls in. Photos via Middletown Patch.