The Suffolk County Community College campus in Northampton was put on lockdown Monday afternoon while officials investigated reports of an individual carrying a gun in the Shinnecock Building—although police later said the report was “unfounded.”
When the campus public safety office was alerted at about 2 p.m. on Monday, the entire campus went on lockdown, according to Drew Biondo, the director of communications for the college. Professors were immediately instructed to lock their doors and no one was permitted to leave their classrooms. The lockdown lasted for about 30 to 40 minutes, Mr. Biondo said.
Southampton Town Police investigated the incident and were backed up by Suffolk County and New York State Police.
Southampton Town Police Lieutenant Susan Ralph did not respond to calls seeking comment.
Mr. Biondo said both a faculty member and a student reported on Monday that an individual had a gun in the women’s bathroom in the Shinnecock Building. After searching the campus—including that bathroom—police determined that the report was “unfounded,” according to Mr. Biondo. No gun was found at the scene.
All classes and activities resumed at the college.
The incident happened on the same day as a stabbing at Ohio State University. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a student at the university, allegedly struck pedestrians with a car before exiting his vehicle and stabbing multiple people on the campus with a butcher knife. During the altercation 11 people were stabbed and brought to the hospital, according to media reports. An officer then shot and killed the suspect.