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Police search for armed man near Anderson school

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Nevitt Forest elementary was locked down after report of an armed man nearby on Friday. (May 24, 2013/FOX Carolina) Nevitt Forest elementary was locked down after report of an armed man nearby on Friday. (May 24, 2013/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Anderson District 5 elementary school was locked down Friday after receiving report of a man with a weapon walking along a nearby sidewalk, school district officials said.

A school district spokesperson said that Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation was locked down until dismissal per the request of law enforcement after a man carrying a weapon was spotted walking along a sidewalk.

Anderson police said they received a 911 call about a man carrying a shotgun in one hand and a bag in his other on or near the playground.

"It was a black male on or near the playground. He was carrying what appeared to be a shotgun in one hand and some kind of backpack in the other," said Lt. Tony Tilley with the Anderson City Police.  

Officers set up a perimeter around the school and searched for the man for at least an hour and two miles but did not locate him, police said.

A resident who lives nearby said police were going door-to-door looking for the suspect.

"A gentleman in a uniform a police officer was asking me if I had seen anyone with a rifle came to my door," said Beverly Swinger, who also has a grandson that attends the school." I never really became alarmed, but just watchful, just wanting to be more aware of my surroundings."

The district said car and bus riders were being dismissed, but extra precaution was being taken for students who walk home.

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