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Report of girl with gun puts West schools on lockdown

Updated: October 18, 2012 7:57PM

AURORA — Two West Aurora School District buildings were put on a “soft” lockdown Thursday morning after police received a 911 call reporting a person with a possible weapon spotted in the 1300 block of Merrimac Place.

The street is near West Aurora High School, Jefferson Middle School and McCleery Elementary School.

Police said that 7:15 a.m., a 9-year-old girl opened her bedroom blinds and saw a black female, about 15- or 16-years-old, playing in some leaves in the front yard of her home. She said the teen began to walk away, and then stood in the middle of the street and took what appeared to be handgun from a bag or backpack.

Police said the teen allegedly pointed what looked like a gun down the street, then put it away and left the area.

By the time police were called at 8 a.m., students began showing up at all three nearby schools.

Police worked with administrators and directed students inside their respective buildings. Jefferson and McCleery were placed on “soft” lockdowns until 9:10 a.m. In a “soft” lockdown, children are kept inside the building and not allowed out on the playgrounds.

Police checked the area for the suspect, but no one was found matching the description.

Teachers were also asked to search their rooms for any student matching that description, but none were found, police said.

Surveillance cameras at West Aurora High School also yielded no clues.

Police said the suspect was described as dark-complected, 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-7, weighing 140 to 170 pounds. The girl was wearing a black hair net or hair garment, a dark sweat shirt or coat, blue pajama-type pants that had penguins imprinted on them, and brown boots with heels. She was carrying a brown-and-white plaid or checkered tote bag over her shoulder.

Anyone with information is asked to call Aurora police at 630-256-5500.

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