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Conn. Schools on Lockdown Following Suspicious Person Report

Schools in Ridgefield, Conn., are on lockdown following reports of a "suspicious person" possibly armed with a rifle.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 12/17/2012, 5:31 PM

State Police spokesman Lieutenant J. Paul Vance speaks to the media in Newtown, Connecticut
State Police spokesman Lieutenant J. Paul Vance speaks to the media in Newtown, Connecticut
Reuters

Schools in Ridgefield, Conn., are on lockdown following reports of a "suspicious person" possibly armed with a rifle, Fox news reported.

Ridgefield is approximately 19 miles from Newtown, where 20 children and six adults were killed Friday when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook elementary school. 

Ridgefield Superintendent Deborah Low released a statement Monday saying that schools in the district "have been put into lockdown."

"Due to a report of a possibly suspicious person in the Branchville Train Station area, all schools have been put into lockdown. Branchville Elementary school buses have been diverted to East Ridge Middle School and BES students are in the auditorium," Low said, according to Fox.

Lt. J. Paul Vance, Connecticut State Police spokesman, said during a press conference Monday that the individual spotted in Ridgefield is possibly armed.

"We’re not sure what the situation is," Vance said. "Ridgefield is handling that situation." 

No further details have been released at this time.