Gun report rattles school at end of day
A report of a man possibly armed with a handgun near an elementary school sent the facility into a lockdown and delayed students returning home for a couple hours Thursday.
A passerby near Pomona Elementary School, 588 25 1/2 Road, called police around 3:30 p.m. to report he saw a man place a handgun inside his jacket while walking toward the school, Grand Junction Police Sgt. David Krouse said.
The man reportedly was walking with a woman. He was described as white, wearing a white jacket, and had long brown hair and a goatee, Krouse said.
Officers, several of them brandishing assault weapons, took perimeter positions around the school and searched inside, but found nothing.
“We’re treating it as though it happened exactly as reported,” Krouse said.
Police started clearing from the area around 5:30 p.m.
Dozens of parents gathered in the school’s parking lot as officers escorted students from the building. District 51 officials said they received instructions from police, without explanation, to lock down the school at 3:40 p.m., which was 10 minutes before students were to be released for the day.