Tuesday, May 06, 2008

High School Student Shoots Airsoft Pistol; Schools Lockdown

RICHLAND, Wash.--Police say Friday (4/25) morning, two teenagers were walking toward Richland High School, holding what appeared to be a gun.

Three schools, Marcus Whitman Elementary, Carmichael Middle School and Richland High School went into critical lockdown.

Both suspects later drove into the high school parking lot. A plastic airsoft BB gun was found under the passenger seat.

"They could have came out with that in their possession, in their hand," mentions Ofc. Allen Jenkins. We don't know. We may have to return fire. We may take that as a lethal confrontation. That's the last thing we want to have happen."

Richland police say one of the students could face charges. He was released to his parents.

These types of plastic airsoft guns are widely available at local sporting goods stores. Friday afternoon, a store employee admitted they are very deceiving.

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