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Police Find No Evidence of Gunshot After School Lockdown

Two Naugatuck schools went into lockdown mode after police received report of an alleged gunshot sound near a convenience store, however there has been no evidence that any gun was used and police have cleared the scene.

and were briefly put in lockdown mode Wednesday after borough police received a report of a gunshot sound in the area of 7-11.

But after investigating the incident, which was called in before noon, there was no evidence of any shots fired, said Lt. Robert Harrison.

“The area was checked and at this time we’re classifying it as an unfounded,” Harrison said.

He added, “If further information develops we’ll certainly investigate it but there was no evidence found at the scene,” such as damage, bullets or any other items linked to a firearm.

The lockdown lasted roughly 10-15 minutes, said Lt. Robert Allen, who responded and was on scene. The lockdown ended around 12:15 p.m. Harrison said it was just a precautionary measure that was taken during the initial investigation.

"The students were never in danger," Allen said.

Reports came in that someone was seen running from the area of a barber shop that sits by the Milestone Inn following the noise. Allen said police did detain a man who was running, however the person said he was trying to catch a bus. Allen said the bus did arrive right when police detained the man.

had called in a K-9 unit to sniff any traces of the alleged gun— and the path that the man was running — and no evidence had been recovered, police said. Allen said the man was running in the area of a Self Storage company.

While some witnesses told police the noise sounded like a gunshot, others said it sounded like fireworks. Allen also said some witnesses said it sounded like a car crash, however police found no evidence of a crash in the 7-11 or Field Street areas.

Rocky Vitale January 18, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Great job on the lockdown. Better to be safe.
Common Sense January 18, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Really Captain Obvious! No kidding!
Heather January 18, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Ron - thanks for being right on top of the stories as usual! It is good to have a place to get on the spot news. As it was said that policy is that schools and local daycare be notified in an emergency, my childs daycare is a home daycare and they were right up the road and had absolutely no idea that something was going on. So, again, thank you!

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