Student reported seeing armed man near elementary school

FORT PIERCE, FL (WFLX) - A report of a gunman forced Lawnwood Elementary to be placed on lockdown for a time Monday morning.

A student reported she may have seen an armed person in the woods near the campus. "Just before 11, we had a third grader report that she saw a man in a wooded area across the street, possibly had a shotgun, knives around his belt," said Fort Pierce Deputy Chief Gregory Kirk.

Police fanned out, set up a perimeter, and conducted a room to room search.

They also used a K9s to search the woods. They did not find anyone. "It doesn't necessarily mean it was a false report; it just may mean that maybe it was a transient or somebody the little third grader didn't know what she was looking at," Kirk said.

He said he commends the student for coming forward.

Police will have extra patrols in the area.

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