Marion School Locks Down This Morning following Gun Scare

OCTOBER 30, 2006 - Posted at 1:35 p.m. CST

MARION, AR - The Marion School District campuses locked down for approximately 45 minutes late this morning following a scare that stemmed from a nearby burglary, where two firearms were stolen.

According to detective Sergeant G.B. Martin of the Marion Police Department, police were informed at 11:20 of a burglary at a home about a half-mile from the school.  When officers arrived at the scene, they found a 14-year-old black male riding a bicycle and pulling a garbage container behind him.  Because a bicycle had been reported stolen in the burglary, police questioned the youth and quickly found a .22-caliber rifle and a .50-caliber muzzle loader rife inside the garbage can.  The suspect told police that a fellow suspect was on his way to the school at the time.

Police then arrived at the school and, as a preventive measure, the school was placed on lockdown while officers searched the campus for any signs of danger.  The second suspect was located, but was not armed.

Sergeant Martin said a further check of the weapons in the trash can revealed that the guns were inoperable, as both had missing parts.