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CCRI Warwick campus in Rhode Island evacuated due to ‘public safety concern’

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The Community College of Rhode Island‘s Knight Campus in Warwick was evacuated Wednesday morning due to a “public safety concern.”

In an alert to students and staff, the school directed everyone to not remain in the parking area and said classes are suspended until further notice.

Warwick police say the evacuation was issued out of an abundance of caution after a shell casing was found in a common hallway.

This is not an active shooter situation, according to CCRI.

“Popped up on my computer as well as an announcement to evacuate the building, so we evacuated the building,” CCRI employee Jim Salisbury said. “We were outside about five or six minutes and then the notice came out to evacuate the campus.”

“They asked everyone to get off the premises. They’re not telling us anything, they just asked us to get away from the building,” CCRI teacher Norm Grant told WPRI. 

A spokesperson for Rhode Island State Police says troopers and a K-9 unit are on scene along with Warwick police to assist campus authorities with the investigation.

Warwick Mayor Joseph Solomon is also en route to the campus, according to a spokesperson.

After the evacuation order was issued, a stream of cars could be seen leaving the campus.

“It just said clear the building and then there were announcements over the building but no one is giving an idea of what is going on,” CCRI employee Lynn Gudeczauskas said. “We’re just waiting for traffic to die down.”

The school says the evacuation is limited to the Knight Campus.

RIPTA tweeted that a number of routes are affected by the evacuation.

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