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Wenatchee School Locked Down After Person With 'Gun' Seen Near School Grounds

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Wenatchee Police Department Press Release: 

On 10-31-13 at approximately 2:35 pm, Wenatchee Police Officers responded to the area of Lincoln School on a report of a subject walking towards the school carrying an "M16 rifle". A citizen passing by saw the subject with what appeared to be an "M16" and the person calling did not see a safety tip on the "gun". Numerous Wenatchee Police Officers and Chelan County Sheriff's Deputies quickly responded to the school as did the School Security Officer and two officers from the Department of Corrections who were nearby. The school was contacted at the same time and they went into a "lock down" mode as a precaution. Officers started searching the area as nervous parents gathered around the school, which was just getting finished with kids due to be released for the day.

River Com dispatch received a call from someone who advised that a friend of theirs had just walked home and that friend had been wearing a costume which included an "airsoft" M16 rifle (a toy gun). Wenatchee Police Officers went to that persons house and were able to confirm this subject was the one in question and it was a toy gun, which was part of a Halloween Costume. The school released the lock down and students joined their parents. The school was in lock down for about 30 minutes. Officers stood by and talked with parents and especially the kids, who were eager to show off pumpkins they made in school and talk with the officers.

Fortunately it ended up there wasn't a threat, but with recent events, the police and schools try to take every precaution we can to ensure the safety of children in our community. Below is a photograph of the airsoft rifle the subject was carrying. It ends up the subject carrying the rifle was just enjoying the holidays and meant no harm to anyone, but that was not clear until officers located the subject. Other than the orange tip, which the caller didn't see, this "rifle" is a near exact replica of an assault rifle.

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