A school down the street from me was put on lock down because two woman in a car saw a gun.
School briefly locked down
By GREG TUTTLE
Of The Gazette Staff
McKinley Elementary was locked down briefly Wednesday afternoon, and two women nearby were shaken during their lunch break when they were approached by a man carrying what looked like an automatic rifle.
Billings police said the incident began at 12:56 p.m. when dispatchers received a call of a man pointing a weapon and possibly firing it at vehicle on Ninth Avenue North. When officers arrived, two women said they were sitting in a car parked on the street during a work break when a man approached them and pointed a rifle in their direction.
Sgt. Ross Adams said the women were not sure if the weapon was real, but they believed it was fired at them. "They were very afraid," he said.
School officials said McKinley was locked down as a result of the report of possible gunshots in the area. Officers received conflicting information about where to locate the suspect, but they eventually zeroed in on a residence at 3020 Ninth Ave. N., Adams said. With weapons drawn, the officers knocked on the door, which was answered by two men. An airsoft rifle similar in appearance to a military-style rifle was recovered, as well as the hard plastic pellets used as ammunition in the air gun.
Adams said officers believe the two men - Shea Childers, 20, and Zach Siek, 18, both of Billings - were playing with the rifle when one of them decided to take the horseplay too far. Childers is accused of pointing the weapon at the women, and he was booked into the county jail on possible charges of felony assault with a weapon.
Childers lives at the residence where both men were arrested, Adams said. Childers could also be charged with misdemeanor counts of discharging a firearm within city limits and possession of a BB gun within city limits, Adams said.
Siek was cited for misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, discharging a firearm in the city and possessing a BB gun, Adams said.
School Superintendent Jack Copps said the lockdown at McKinley lasted about 20 minutes before the school day resumed normally.
Possessing a BB gun within city limits is a misdemeanor?
you have to be carefull with those "automatic rifles" they run around automatically shooting everyone.
Some cities, yes.
I moved out of Moline Illinois a couple of years ago.
Paint ball guns, BB-guns, and sling shots are all a misdemeanor for possession.
What firearm did he discharge in the city?
Same deal, different location:
BB gun prompts Code Red alert
Boy, 9, seen with pellet gun near Fox Chapel Elementary School
by Meghan Tierney | Staff Writer
Fox Chapel Elementary School in Germantown went into a Code Red alert Thursday afternoon after a student with a BB gun was seen near the school.
Police found a 9-year-old boy, a student at the school, with a soft-air pellet gun, said Capt. Thomas Didone, commander of the Montgomery County Police 5th District station. The student had left school and retrieved the pellet gun to play with his friends, Didone said Tuesday.
Police received a call at 3:29 p.m. from Fox Chapel Principal Diana Zabetakis, who said that a parent had seen someone with a gun, police spokeswoman Officer Melanie Hadley said Monday.
Officers in bulletproof vests and rifles were looking for the individual on foot, said Fox Chapel parent Mary Gray, who lives near the school.
Hadley described the individual as ‘‘a kid with a BB gun” who was found ‘‘in the woods” and was ‘‘cooperative” with police. Zabetakis said the individual was not on school property.
A Code Red — the highest emergency-alert level in the school system — was called because someone saw ‘‘an adult male toward the rear of the building and thought he might have a weapon,” said Kate Harrison, a spokeswoman for Montgomery County Public Schools.
She did not know his age, but said, ‘‘It could’ve been a tall youngster.”
Staff and three students who were with their parents were present during the Code Red, Zabetakis said Monday. The alert went into effect immediately and was lifted after police said it was safe, she said.
According to Harrison, police finished their sweep of the area around 4 p.m. Students are dismissed at 3:05 p.m., according to the school’s Web site.
During the Code Red, everybody in the school secured themselves in the nearest room until the threat was gone, Zabetakis said.
‘‘It was a pretty low-key kind of thing,” she said, adding that she was pleased with staff response.
The school followed proper protocol, said Lt. Porsha Jones, director of media relations for police.
Jones would not provide information about the incident because no charges were filed, she said.
‘‘It was not a crime. It was not investigated as a crime,” she said Monday. ‘‘It was a child in possession of a toy. It causes a furor because they look very real these days.”
Zabetakis said she told the president of the school’s PTA about the incident but had not sent out a general letter to parents.
That is the question of the day.