KEY POINTS

  • Police received a report of a boy walking toward Berkner High School in Richardson with what appeared to be a rifle
  • The unidentified juvenile student from Berkner High School was arrested Wednesday
  • He was charged with unlawful carrying weapons in a weapon-free school zone

A Texas student was arrested after police found guns inside his vehicle parked near a high school in Richardson, a city located a few hundred miles northeast of Uvalde, where a school shooting claimed the lives of 19 children just a day earlier.

Officers reached the scene after they received a report from a worker at a business in Richardson of a male walking toward Berkner High School with what appeared to be a rifle just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, Richardson Police Department said in a news release.

They soon identified the male suspect as a juvenile student of Berkner High School. He was found inside the school campus but was not carrying any weapons. However, during a search inside the suspect's vehicle parked at the East Spring Valley Road, police found an AK-47 style handgun and a replica AR-15 style Orbeez rifle.

The unidentified juvenile suspect was immediately arrested and charged with unlawful carrying weapons in a school zone.

No further details of the incident were revealed due to the suspect's age.

Berkner High School was placed on a "secure" and then "lockdown" status for around an hour, according to a letter sent to parents. The nearby Springridge Elementary School was also kept under lockdown protocols following the incident, 8 ABC reported.

"My kids were sitting in the dark, and some were crying for about 1 hour while I was barricading the door with whatever desk/chair I had, telling the kids 'It's okay, everything's going to be okay.' but the truth is... I didn't even know if it was going to be okay," a ninth-grade English teacher from Berkner High School tweeted sharing the ordeal.

Police thanked the vigilant 911 caller who alerted them.

"The Richardson Police Department would like to remind the public of the importance to report suspicious activity, as we recognize the vigilant awareness and actions of the person who initially called 911 to alert law enforcement," the department said in the news release.

The incident unfolded just a day after Texas witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in history when an 18-year-old suspect, identified as Salvador Ramos, massacred 21 people at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

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