The threat of a man walking on the campus of Brooklawn Middle School wielding an assault rifle was deemed not credible by police after area schools were put on lockdown Tuesday morning, Parsippany Police Chief Paul Phillips announced.
At 10:30 a.m. officials at Brooklawn Middle School received a report of a man wearing a tan jacket and blue jeans, carrying an assault rifle, Phillips said. At that time officers proceeded to lockdown Brooklawn Middle School, Parsippany Hills High School, Littleton School, and Parsippany Christian School.
Officers then set up a perimeter around Brooklawn, and more units were stationed at the other schools to provide security, Phillips said.
The ensuing investigation revealed no tracks in the area and a K-9 Unit could not pick up any scent, Officer Earl Kinsey said. All vehicles in the area were also checked, and the neighborhood was canvassed, with individuals in the area being interviewed, with no report of anyone fitting the description, Kinsey said.
After an investigation revealed the threat was not credible, the lockdown at all schools was lifted, Phillips said.
The Morris County Sheriff’s Department, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris Plains Police Department, Hanover Township Police Department, Par-Troy EMS, Lake Parsippany District 3 Fire Department and Parsippany’s Office of Emergency Management all assisted in the incident.
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