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Rhode Island college evacuated after shell casing found

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Police stand guard at the Community College of Rhode Island’s campus in Warwick, R.I., which was evacuated and where classes were suspended as a precaution Wednesday morning, May 1, 2019, after a shell casing was found in a common hallway.
Police stand guard at the Community College of Rhode Island’s campus in Warwick, R.I., which was evacuated and where classes were suspended as a precaution Wednesday morning, May 1, 2019, after a shell casing was found in a common hallway. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott) Photo Gallery

WARWICK, R.I. — The Warwick campus of the Community College of Rhode Island is reopening after an evacuation prompted by the discovery of a spent shell casing near classrooms.

School President Meghan Hughes said at a news conference Wednesday that the campus was evacuated after the casing was found around 7 a.m. Wednesday near an elevator on the sixth floor.

Hughes says the evacuation was ordered in part in light of a shooting Tuesday at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in which two people died.

She says police swept the campus and did not find any weapons or additional casings.

The campus was scheduled to reopen Wednesday.

Warwick Police Chief Col. Rick Rathbun says that the investigation remains open and that detectives are still trying to figure out where the casing came from.

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