Nova Scotia

Suspected gunman in area locks down Halifax schools

A lockdown that began at two north-end Halifax schools after a gunman was reported in the neighbourhood has been lifted.

Man was found with a replica firearm

St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary and Shambala Independant School were locked down Thursday. (Google Maps)

A lockdown that began at two north-end Halifax schools after a gunman was reported in the neighbourhood has been lifted.

Halifax school board spokesman Doug Hadley confirmed that the lockdown was ended just after 2 p.m. AT

Halifax Regional Police were looking for a man near St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary School and Shambala Independent School on Russell Street. HRP Const. Pierre Bourdages said police received reports of an armed man in the area of Gottingen and Russell streets at 1:30 p.m.

Police received information that the man was carrying a replica firearm that was being used as part of a photo shoot. He was located in Dartmouth and the firearm was confirmed to be a replica.

Police had said earlier they believed him to be armed.

It's not clear whether any charges will be laid.

There are about 250 students enrolled at St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay from grades Primary to 6. Shambala has about 150 students enrolled between pre-primary and Grade 12.

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