UPDATE: Hanover schools locked down after report of gun near campus

Posted at 2:17 PM, Mar 28, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-29 06:47:48-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -The Hanover Sheriff's Department said it appears the gun scare that caused a lock down at two county schools Wednesday was caused by a person firing a CO2 powered pellet rifle at plastic bottles hanging from trees.

Hanover Sgt. Chris Whitley said investigators came to this conclusion based on witness interviews and evidence collected near the Atlee Recreation Center.

Atlee High School and Chickahominy Middle were put on lock down for about an hour today after someone called 911 and said they saw a white male possibly pointing a gun in the general direction of the schools, Sgt. Whitley said.

Deputies searched the campuses and nearby property, but found nothing out of the ordinary. Deputies also checked local businesses in the area as a precaution

The lock downs were lifted around 1:30 p.m., however deputies remained on campus as a precaution.

The Sheriff's Office asked the person who was in that area today to call 365-6110 so they can be certain the matter is resolved.