"Man held without bail in Fitchburg gunfire case" by Sarah Roberts and Andy Rosen Globe Correspondent and Globe Staff August 21, 2015
A man is being held without bail on allegations that he fired a gun near the campus of Fitchburg State University on Thursday evening.
Police arrested Justin Beauregard, 29, after a campus lockdown spurred by a report from his mother that he was carrying a gun on a street near the school around 6:30 p.m. Police say he fired a gun into the air during the incident. Nobody was hurt.
He faces charges including unlawful possession of a firearm and firing a gun within 500 feet of a building. Beauregard is due for a dangerousness hearing next Tuesday.
According to the Associated Press, his lawyer argued at an arraignment Friday that authorities have not recovered any guns or ammunition in the case.
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In a letter to the campus community, Fitchburg State president Richard S. Lapidus said school officials do not believe the suspect in the case was ever on the campus and has no known connection to the university.
It's Rhode Island again.
Students have not begun to arrive for the fall semester, though there are some people on campus in advance of the start of the academic year. Officials said they activated their emergency notification system “as a precaution” Thursday.
Like you would in, you know, a drill.
“While this was an unfortunate and disturbing incident, it provided a meaningful and successful test of our emergency response plans, and demonstrated effective cooperation between campus police and their city and state counterparts,” Lapidus said in the letter. “We are grateful the episode was resolved peacefully.”
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