Triangle Briefs

Sighting of gunman locks down school

From Staff ReportsOctober 31, 2007 

— Frank Porter Graham Elementary School was locked down for more than an hour Tuesday after passers-by reported a man with what appeared to be a shotgun on N.C. 54 close to the school, said Stephanie Knott, spokeswoman for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district.

Officers from the Carrboro, Chapel Hill and UNC-Chapel Hill police departments searched nearby woods but did not find any suspects, Knott said. The lockdown ended about 1 p.m.

A little before 2 p.m., Carrboro police officers stopped a 14-year-old boy and 19-year-old man on bicycles on Old Pittsboro Road near Daffodil Lane. Police determined the pair had been near the school earlier. One had a BB gun under his clothing, Carrboro Police Capt. Joel Booker said.

"We're fairly certain we're dealing with the people identified by the people calling in," Booker said.

The Chapel Hill Police Department had not pressed charges as of Tuesday afternoon.

"It did not appear they ever went on school property," said Chapel Hill Police Lt. Kevin Gunter.

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