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Neighborhood gun report briefly results in school lockouts

Neighborhood gun report briefly results in school lockouts

It proved unfounded after further investigation
Neighborhood gun report briefly results in school lockouts
Central Park Middle School.
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ

SCHENECTADY — A report of a man with a gun in a city neighborhood that later proved unfounded briefly sent some city schools into lockout Thursday afternoon, police and school officials said.

The call came in about 3 p.m. It originally came across as possibly a man in a store with a gun at McClellan and Bradley streets, police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Dearing said. 

Upon further investigation, police determined the person reporting only believed someone had a gun in the area, but never saw one. Police found nothing further. The discrepancy was attributed to language issues, Dearing said.

However, based on the original report, responding police contacted city schools, Dearing said. School officials then placed seven different buildings on lockout, including Central Park Middle School.

The lockout, which restricts access to the building from those on the outside, lasted for about 15 minutes before being lifted, a district spokeswoman said.

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