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Gun scare prompts emergency response at Fort St. John schools

The high school in Fort St. John, B.C. was put on lockdown Wednesday afternoon. Police heard about a man who may have had a gun near North Peace Secondary School on 86 Street around 2:15 p.m. when classes were still in session.

School District 60 says the school was first put under hold and secure protocol, which was later upgraded to a lockdown. Nearby Robert Ogilvie and Duncan Cran elementary schools were also put under hold and secure.

RCMP responded with all available officers and contained the area, but figured out the suspect had already left in a green SUV. Police were able to get in contact with him and the 23-year-old turned himself in.

It turns out the gun he had on him was an airsoft pistol. An investigation into the incident is still underway. The lockdown and hold and secures were lifted at 3:15 p.m.

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