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Schools locked down after gun scare

WILMINGTON -- Six Wilmington-area schools were locked down this afternoon. A man with a gun was reportedly seen near New Hanover High School. A SWAT team responded to the call at approximately 2 p.m. A student reported seeing someone suspicious approaching the school on the Market Street crosswalk. The lock-down was in effect from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Police swept the school during the lock-down but did not find any suspects or weapons. Students were released at their regular time but school buses were delayed. Some parents who came to pick up their kids from school say they were not notified that the school was even on lockdown until they heard it on the news. Students say deputies were coming into classrooms with guns drawn, telling them no one was allowed to leave or come into the classrooms, and to keep the doors locked. Students also said someone came over the loudspeaker saying a call came into the school about a possible suspect on campus with a gun in their bookbag. Student A.J. Navarro said, "I knew Hanover would have something like this." Officials didn't find a suspect with a gun, but a couple of people who go to school here say they wouldn't be surprised if it did happen. Student Alexis Stallings said, "I was getting nervous because anyone can get on campus, there's no guards or nothing, anyone can walk on campus." Students say they would like to see cameras on campus, and more deputies to patrol the area. Officials say the gun threat was possibly gang related and some students say they are not surprised because they know of gang presence on campus. Student Daysha Goodman said, "It's just so un-secure here, I don't feel safe here." An investigation is underway and police are still looking for the suspect. No one was injured.

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