Three schools placed on lockdown

Two schools in north Raleigh were placed on lockdown Monday morning.

November 7, 2011 3:07:33 PM PST
Three schools in north Raleigh were placed on lockdown Monday morning after a possible gunman was spotted.

Wake Tech's northern campus on Louisburg Road in Raleigh - just off I-540 and Highway 401- and nearby River Bend and Fox Road elementary schools were put on alert after a parent told officials they saw a white man wearing camouflage clothing and carrying a long gun walk toward a nearby wooded area off Perry Creek Road.

Students coming to classes were turned away from campus, but no other sightings of the armed individual were reported.

Raleigh police quickly said that they believed it was a hunter and there was no threat.

As a precaution, there was a large police presence at all three schools. The Raleigh Police Department, Wake Sheriff's Office, the N.C. State Highway Patrol and N.C. Wildlife Commission were all called in to help in the search.

After hours of searching, officers did not find the gunman and the schools lifted the lockdown around 11:30 a.m.

However, the Raleigh Police Department and the Wake Sheriff's Office said they would maintain an additional security presence in the area for the remainder of the day.

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