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INVESTIGATION: Columbia Middle School and Theodore Vick Elementary Schools were put on lockdown Thursday evening after a report of a juvenile with a gun running near the school was reported to Columbia Middle School staff.

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Fake gun led to Adelanto school lockdown

ADELANTO • A 15-year-old male was issued a citation for brandishing a fake firearm leading to a lockdown at two Adelanto schools, officials said Friday.

On Thursday afternoon, a group of six juveniles were involved in an argument near the intersection of Aster and Caroline streets, just outside of Columbia Middle School in Adelanto. During the argument, the suspect pulled out an inoperable pellet gun and ran towards his brother, a friend and several students, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials.

Believing the gun to be a real firearm, the juveniles ran away and reported the incident to Columbia Middle School officials.

At 4:20 p.m., Columbia Middle and Theodore Vick Elementary schools were placed on lockdown.

Deputies from the Victorville and Victor Valley Sheriff’s stations responded and conducted a thorough search of the school grounds and surrounding area. Students were released at 5:20 p.m.

After a thorough investigation, deputies issued a citation for brandishing a fake firearm to the suspect, officials said.

Anyone with information regarding the case is urged to contact the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station at (760) 552-6800. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can contact the We-Tip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME or visit

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