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Auburn school placed on lockdown; suspect not found
Hazelwood Elementary School and Rainier Middle School were placed on lockdown early Friday afternoon after three third-grade students at Hazelwood reportedly observed a teenage boy carrying what was believed to have been a firearm, Auburn Police said.
The schools - in close proximity and separated by a narrow wood line and adjoined with a path – were temporarily locked down around 1 p.m.
The suspect reportedly was in near the wood line between the schools.
Auburn Police officers arrived on scene, set a perimeter and conducted a thorough search around the schools while school staff assisted with searching inside.
The suspect was not located and the schools were reopened at 2:30 p.m..
Auburn Police are working with both schools to maintain the safety of students and staff.