Teen with BB gun prompts school lockdowns
Sun-Times Media September 11, 2013 4:08PM
Updated: November 11, 2013 2:42AM
GAGES LAKE — A teenager shooting at birds with a BB gun prompted a brief lockdown of schools in after a bus driver reported seeing a man with a gun.
At about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, police were notified that a man with a gun had been seen near Laremont School at 17934 W. Gages Lake Road in Gages Lake, according to a statement from the Lake County Sheriff’s office.
A school bus driver had seen a man in the woods with what appeared to be a rifle as he was loading students onto a bus, police said.
The buses, only partially loaded with children, left the school parking lot immediately and the school was immediately placed on lockdown, according to the report.
Nearby Woodland Primary, Woodland Elementary East and Woodland Elementary West schools were also locked down briefly, a spokeswoman said.
Sheriff’s deputies and Gurnee police searched the wooded area around the school and found a a 17-year-old male who matched the description of the suspect, police said.
He was arrested and the BB gun was found in the woods.
The suspect told police he had been shooting at birds, police said. There were no reports of shots fired.
The lockdown at Laremore School was lifted after about 15 minutes, and the buses returned for the rest of the students, according to the sheriff’s office.
The soft lockdown at the Woodland schools lasted only 5 minutes, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Tempest Bova, who said the shooter was never on school property.
Criminal charges are pending, according to the sheriff’s office.