Report of man with gun triggers shelter in place order at Harvard University, 2 in custody

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. (WHDH) - Harvard University ordered a shelter in place on Thursday as authorities investigated a report of a person with a gun near the Smith Campus Center.

Chayanne Velazquez, 28, of Dorchester and Stephanie Ford, 25, of Lynn are due to face a judge on firearms charges after police responded to reports of a man with a gun in the area of 36 JFK Street/The Garage, according to Cambridge police.

Officers conducting a search in the area found Ford and Velazquez in Central Square and recovered an illegal firearm in Ford’s backpack.

The shelter in place was ordered about 3:30 p.m. and lifted about 20 minutes later, according to a post on the Harvard University Twitter page.

Velazquez is facing an assault with a dangerous weapon charge.

Both are facing a charge for carrying the firearm without a license.

No additional information has been released.

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