Police surround gunman inside Panera Bread at Princeton University

Darnell Taylor
March 20, 2018

Police arrived with guns drawn about 10:30 a.m.at a Panera Bread restaurant across Nassau Street from the campus, reported News 12.

Police evacuated the area barricaded Nassau Street between Witherspoon Street and Washington Road.

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.

It was not immediately clear if gunshots were fired inside or if there were any hostages. "They were frantically trying to surround Panera, so they told us to lock everything and don't move".

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"I did see one elderly man exit Panera bread he was OK but he looked confused and then more and more police came and the area still blockaded", Troy said. He said the situation was contained.

Classes were not in session since the school is on their spring break.

Princeton public schools were sheltering in place due to the incident. "'Shelter-in-place' keeps us secure indoors, instruction able to continue and on stand-by for updates". The section of the Princeton University campus fronting that part of Nassau street was also off limits to pedestrians and students. "The police were operating with efficiency".

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