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Armed Gunman Shuts Down Area Around Princeton Campus

An armed man has shut down wide swaths of Princeton, New Jersey, according to multiple reports late Tuesday morning.

At least two Princeton University buildings have been evacuated after reports of an armed man being surrounded by police inside a Panera Bread near the campus. Princeton has since issued a statement. It reads, in full:

Police have shut down buildings near the restaurant on the north side Nassau Street, which is closed for several blocks.

As a precaution, the two campus buildings closest to the restaurant — Henry House and Scheide Caldwell House — were evacuated.

It is not known whether the gunman has any connection to the University.

Classes are not in session, as this is the week of spring break.

Twitter users appeared to be the first to note and publicize the incident.

Eric Barreto posted the following update at 8:56 a.m. Tuesday:

User “Joshua E” noted that a local record store had been evacuated:

Another Twitter user posted a video which appears to show the perspective from inside of one of the closed university buildings:

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