An armed man is believed to be inside a Panera restaurant near Princeton University in New Jersey. A standoff between police and the suspect is still continuing.
Police had already surrounded the restaurant at 11:40 a.m, according to updates from the university.
As of writing on 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, authorities were still negotiating with the armed man. The restaurant is located on Nassau Street just across from Princeton’s campus.
“A standoff with an armed man at the Panera Bread in Princeton is continuing at this time,” a 2 p.m. advisory from Princeton Police stated. “The situation is contained within the store.”
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Police said that the immediate area surrounding the store has been evacuated as they continue the negotiations. All traffic in the area is also closed.
This week Princeton University is on spring break, so there were no classes, the school said.
It’s unclear at this time if the gunman has any connection to the University. His motive is also unknown.
Some neighboring buildings were also shut down and two campus buildings near Panera were evacuated as a precaution.
The university will continue to post updates every hour as the situation continues.