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Possible swatting prompts heavy police presence, building evacuation in Hartford

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Possible swatting prompts heavy police presence, building evacuation in Hartford (WFSB) Possible swatting prompts heavy police presence, building evacuation in Hartford (WFSB)
Report of person with gun evacuates building in Hartford (iwitness) Report of person with gun evacuates building in Hartford (iwitness)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A report of a "disgruntled, recently let go, armed employee" entering a Hartford building prompted a large police presence and evacuation on Friday morning.

Police said the call came in just before 11 a.m., stating that the former armed employee had entered a non-profit at 75 Charter Oak Ave.

Police swarmed the building, which also includes an early learning center for children, and the building was evacuated.

No shots were fired and no injuries were reported, and there was no danger at Bettances Early Learning School.

Police later said there were several indicators of this being a swatting incident.

Investigators advised parents of students at Bettances Early Learning School that there was no danger to the children.

Parents who were picking up their students were told to wait on Shelton Street because the school was in a "yellow lock down."

Joel Espada was among the dozens who were ordered to evacuate the building.

"Sitting there in the middle of the training and we see officers running to and fro with guns," Espada said.

Investigators saw surveillance video that showed nobody with a gun entered the building, but police said they had to use an abundance of caution.

"We needed to be extremely careful. If nothing else it was a training exercise for our officers, patrol officers and supervisors," said Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley.

Swatting is a term that refers to a prank in which a bogus 911 call leads to a SWAT team or a heavy police response.

Police have launched an investigation to find the person responsible.

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