Gun Craze Goes Overboard in Scottsdale Elementary School

Posted: Jan. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Cocopah Middle School
CBS 5 News

Everyone, it seems, is on edge about the recent slew of gun violence that has all the media's attention, and things hit a fever pitch with a false alarm in a Scottsdale Elementary school, where a man was reported to be lurking with a pistol and a trench coat. A large scale mobilization and shut down of the school failed to turn up any armed gunman, however, and it appears to have been nothing but a scare.

Scottsdale police have reopened a middle school campus after a search for a reported armed man turned up no suspects Wednesday morning.


Police had closed the Cocopah Middle School campus after a cafeteria worker called police about 6 a.m. and said a man with a holstered pistol, long trench coat and long hair was seen walking by the cafeteria, according to Sgt. Mark Clark of the Scottsdale Police Department.


The report came to police before the start of classes at Cocopah Middle School at 6615 E. Cholla St. The campus, which is adjacent to Chaparral High School, was secured for the search.

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