UPDATE: Shelter in Place Lifted in Kenmore Square after Reports of a Man with a Gun

Boston University Police had urged everyone in Kenmore buildings to stay indoors.

Boston University

Photo by Olga Khvan

A shelter-in-place order has been lifted in Kenmore Square after reports of a man with a gun in the area.

“BUPD is lifting the shelter in place order. Police have determined that the area is safe,” Boston University Police Department wrote in an alert message sent to students and posted to the school’s website before 2:15 p.m. “Please resume your normal activities, Thank you for your cooperation.”

Police earlier urged neighbors to stay indoors while the search was on for “a white male with a beard, white t-shirt, blue jeans and a bandage on his face” who was “last seen walking on train tracks in Kenmore Square” and was believed to be carrying a weapon.

Boston Police have not been able to locate a suspect, but did recover a weapon described as a nonlethal “Airsoft gun,” according to a department spokesperson. There were no reported injuries.

The message warned against approaching the man and instructed anyone who saw him to call 911 immediately.  In a follow-up tweet, the department said authorities were searching the Kenmore Barnes and Noble and urged people to stay clear of the store.

The MBTA was reporting delays in both directions on the Green Line due to the police action. Regular service resumed with residual delays around 2:02 p.m., the T wrote in a tweet.