Lockdown lifted at University of Toronto after police fail to find 'suspicious' man
Earlier, a video posted on twitter by @camilacore showed police vehicles, officers, and a fire truck at the scene.
A separate arrest had been made by the police during the lockdown.
The man already taken into custody was handcuffed and walked out of the university's faculty of law building before being put into a police car, CBC reported.
However, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said that man is "under investigation for something else right now." He declined to provide further details.
Saunders said several people on campus reported seeing a "suspicious person" dressed in black with a "surgical type" mask and knapsack, the National Post reported.
"If anyone has any info to help police locate man dressed in black with mask at University of Toronto call 416-808-2222" Chief Saunders ^sm— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) June 13, 2016
One person who called 911 said the man had a gun.
A tactical team and a K-9 unit were dispatched to the area at around 9 a.m. local time.
At 9:30 a.m., police received another call about "a person with a mask with a gun," police spokesman Const. Victor Kwong said.
“Here’s the thing: we have not been able to speak with that person because they hung up,” Kwong said. “So we don’t know if that person is reporting what they saw, or reporting what they heard from the grapevine. We don’t know if what they actually saw was a cop."
Update: SB Queens Park is closed. Please avoid the area while units continue to investigate.^adc— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) June 13, 2016
“Regardless, we’re there. We’re investigating…but at this time, we have no confirmation of an actual gun.”
IMPORTANT: Do not post pictures or videos of police offers. It compromises their safety, and yours. #uoft— UofT Students' Union (@UTSU98) June 13, 2016
"There are security cameras that are around," Saunders said, as quoted by CBC. "We're working in conjunction with the U of T police and we're trying to put the pieces together."
"It's very early right now, so it's going to take a little more time to get everything so we can have as best a picture as possible to determine what this is all about," he continued.
He added that a witness took the picture that officers are using as a reference, and that "that picture did not indicate or show a firearm."
Meanwhile, two nearby hospitals have announced they are on lockdown.
SickKids is currently in lockdown due to reports of suspicious person in UofT & Queens Park area. Please avoid coming to the area.— SickKids_TheHospital (@SickKidsNews) June 13, 2016
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has announced that trains on the Yonge-University line are bypassing Museum station due to the police investigation.