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Shots fired on UMass-Dartmouth campus Sunday

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Three cars parked on the UMass-Dartmouth campus were damaged early Sunday when someone opened fire with a firearm, the school said Monday.

No one was injured during the incident, which happened around 3 a.m. near an on-campus area known as the Cedar Dell, the school said in a statement. The area is described as a "townhouse community'' for upper-level students.

The school's on-campus law enforcement agency, the Department of Public Safety, dispatched officers to investigate reports of shots fired at that time, but no evidence was discovered to support the concern about the use of a firearm, the school said.

"A preliminary investigation at that time failed to confirm either fireworks or gunshots being discharged. No witnesses were available to provide further information,'' the school said.

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However, by Sunday afternoon "witnesses came forward with evidence indicating that gunshots were fired, causing damage to three motor vehicles at a Cedar Dell parking lot,'' the school said in the statement.

Classes are being held as scheduled on Monday, officials said.

The investigation is ongoing.


John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.