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Alexandria Police Investigate Weapons Brandishing Near School

APD badgeThe Alexandria Police Department is investigating a weapons violation that occurred at Maury Elementary School in the 600 block of Russell Road this afternoon. See our live blog on this incident at this link.

Today, at approximately 12:10 p.m., police were called to Maury Elementary School for a person brandishing a weapon. Several elementary school aged children reported seeing an unknown male while they were playing outside the school. The man was on the other side of a chain link fence when he called to the children to draw their attention. When several children looked over at him, he pointed what appeared to be a “long gun” at the students. The children ran to inform an adult. The man was not on school property. No children were injured.

Numerous police officers circulated the area to search for the suspect. A Fairfax Police Department helicopter also assisted with the search. Maura Elementary School was placed on a “lock-in”, which means the students went about their day as normal, but were not allowed outside. Police Officers stayed on scene and assisted with the school’s dismissal.

The suspect is described as a black male between 14 and 18 years old, with a medium complexion, 5’6″ to 5’8″, a thin to medium build, with a short black mohawk style haircut. He was wearing a black shirt, blue pants, black boots, and carrying what appeared to be a “long gun”.

Police ask that anyone with information related to this incident or the suspect contact Detective Mike Whelan at 703.746.6228.

Lee Hernly, Editor
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