Lock down lifted following school gun search

Posted at 11:04 AM, Jan 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-02 14:46:25-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Albert Hill Middle School was put on Code Red lock down Wednesday morning after a parent reported seeing someone "possibly with a gun" near the school, Richmond schools spokeswoman Felicia Cosby said.

Police responded to the Patterson Avenue school and no gunman was found, Cosby said. The lock down was lifted around 11:20 a.m.

Richmond Police said officers first received a call about a man with a gun around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday. That man was said to be near the intersection of Thompson and West Broad Streets.

Less than two hours later, police began receiving similar calls about a gunman near the school. Police said the school calls were "in relation to the earlier unfounded complaint."

Albert Hill is located less than one mile from the intersection of Thompson and West Broad Streets.

Despite the all clear, some parents who heard about the lock down arrived at the school to pick up their children.