Police: Report of gunman near school unfounded

4:55 PM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
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NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (AP) - State police say a report of a gunman that prompted dozens of state troopers, deputies and others to converge on a Maine school was unfounded.

Maine State Police say two first-graders at Mill Stream Elementary School in Norridgewock told their teacher Monday morning that they thought they saw a man dressed in dark clothing near the school and that the man might have had a rifle.

Police say the class was put into lockdown and that nearly three dozen law enforcement officials responded to the school, along with dozens of parents.

After the pupils were interviewed, police determined that no gun had been seen. The lockdown was later lifted and parents were informed there was no threat, but many parents took their children home.

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