Wamsutta Middle School and Hyman Fine Elementary Lockdown Lifted After Reports of Gunman

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
October 8, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Wamsutta Middle School and Hyman Fine Elementary School were on lockdown in Attleboro, MA on Tuesday after reports of a gunman in the area.

State police, local police, helicopters, and a K-9 team are still searching for the man, but students are being dismissed from both schools, reported the local news agency The Sun Chronicle.

Earlier, parents told Steve Nielsen of WPRI that the school had called them and said the kids are safe but they’re welcome to pick them up if they’d like.

One student said she started crying when she heard the helicopters, said Nielsen. “But no one told her school was locked down.”

The Attleboro Police Department said via Twitter at 1:13 p.m. that police were searching the area of Wamsutta School for a man with a gun. A perimeter was established.

The suspect was described as a black male, 5’7″ tall, wearing baggy pants and a white shirt.

Police said at a news conference that four students said that a man was walking near Wamsutta with an outline of a gun in their pants, reported Nielsen

Police continue to search for the man in the woods near the schools. No further information has been given by police as of 5:15 p.m.

There are hundreds of acres of woods behind the two schools.

Attleboro, with a population of around 44,000, is about 35 miles southwest of Boston.

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Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.