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Elementary school locked down as police find gun near entrance


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A gun was recovered by police outside a Catholic elementary school in southeast London and two men were arrested nearby following a mid-day shooting Friday, witnesses tell The Free Press.

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St. Sebastian elementary school – located north of the Pond Mills-Commissioners roads intersection – was on lockdown for a period of time, an official said, but that had ended by 1:30 p.m. Friday.

London police say a man was shot near the intersection of Vinewood Court and Cleveland Avenue, northeast of the school. His injuries were described as non-life threatening. A semi-automatic pistol was recovered, police at the scene tell The Free Press.

Two men were arrested and the probe was ongoing as of Friday afternoon, police said.

“There were probably a dozen cops there with heavy artillery drawn,” said a parent who rushed to the school after police “came flying through our neighbourhood” on Friday. He spoke on condition his name not be published.

He said “a gun had been tossed at the foot of the school” and that “the gun was being guarded by a police officer.”

In an update sent to parents, school officials say the lockdown was enacted because “a police suspect may have passed through the school’s field.” Police remained at the school throughout the day, afternoon recesses were held indoors and “students and staff were directed to report any suspicious activity.”

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