Wednesday, April 7, 2010


WASHINGTON (AP) — A school official said Wednesday that a BB gun in a student’s car prompted a brief lockdown of three schools on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral.

St. Albans School spokeswoman Jeanne Hamrick said in an e-mail that the gun was spotted in a student’s car and that St. Albans and the two other schools — National Cathedral School and Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School — were put on lockdown after the gun was noticed about 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Metropolitan Police spokesman Lt. Nicholas Breul said a 911 call reported a man with a weapon on the cathedral’s campus and that the school lockdown lasted about 40 minutes.

Lt. Breul said police are interviewing two people.

He said that officers located a “long gun” in the back of a Jeep and that there is a “strong possibility” it is a BB gun, which would be illegal to have in the District of Columbia. Police were applying for a warrant to search the vehicle.

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