Report of man with shotgun prompted Mint Hill lockdown

Report of man with shotgun prompted Mint Hill lockdown

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 6:48 PM

MINT HILL, N.C. -- Mint Hill Middle and Queens Grant High Schools went on lockdown Tuesday morning after a man was reportedly near the campus with a shotgun.

The full lockdown started around 10:30 Tuesday morning, as police were searching for a suspect in the area.

Mint Hill Police say they were notified by a passing motorist of a slender, tan man, approximately 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, walking down the side of Idlewild Road near Kale Lane with a red backpack and a shotgun.

Police say the caller stated the man was about a quarter mile away from the school in a heavily wooded area.

Mint Hill Middle School and Queens Grant High School were both notified as a precaution, prompting the lockdown of both campuses.

Matthews Police and CMS Law enforcement assisted Mint Hill in the search. An air unit from CMPD also flew over the general area, but no suspect was located.

Police say there is no indication any students were ever in danger, or that the man had any intention of going on school property.

As of 12:15 p.m., Mint Hill Middle School is on a partial lockdown for the rest of the day, meaning the students will be allowed to move freely within the school. CMS officials say security will be present for the remainder of the day on the campus.

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