The UMass Dartmouth campus was shut down Friday morning after the university confirmed that 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been a student there.
Although the search has focused on the Watertown, Mass., neighborhood where his brother was killed and Dzhokhar escaped, UMass Dartmouth officials said they opted to close the campus “out of an abundance of caution.”
Students report a heavy police presence on campus this morning, according to published accounts
He reportedly attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and then went to UMass Dartmouth where he at one point played intramural soccer.
A bulletin on the campus website states:
UPDATED 11:20 AM: Students who do not have transportation off campus should proceed immediately to Lot 1, where they will be transported to a secure location at Dartmouth High School. If students wished to be picked up at the High School, the address is 555 Bakerville Road, Dartmouth, Mass.
UPDATED 10:28 AM: UMass Dartmouth is closed and is in the process of a controlled evacuation of the campus. Students, staff and faculty have been asked to leave campus in a calm and orderly fashion. This action is in response to information that the person being sought in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing is a registered student. State, local, and campus police are on campus to assist with the evacuation and to conduct a full investigation. Go to umassd.edu for updates.