Suspicious Teen Arrested Near Union Elementary In Belleville

BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A lock-down was issued for Union Elementary and Lindenwood University’s campus in Belleville Tuesday afternoon after a report of a suspicious person was called in to police.  A person has been taken into police custody.

The report stated that police were looking for a white male teen wearing all black and carrying what appeared to be a rifle, handgun, and a knife.  Other witnesses say he was carrying a high powered rifle. They also say the weapon could also be a paintball gun that looks like a rifle.

Law enforcement officials were looking in the area behind the railroad tracks of Union School and Lindenwood University for the suspect.

Witness at the scene said they saw a man near Union Elementary.  At 2:30pm, a 15-year-old male surrendered to police and was taken into custody in the area and questioned about the incident. Police say the scene is secure. No shots were fired and no injuries have been reported.

The juvenile had two pellet guns, one was similar in appearance to a 6mm M4 carbine, the second was a pistol, and a knife which were all recovered in the area.  The juvenile has been interviewed and released to a parent.

The subsequent investigation has determined there was never any real threat to any of the students or staff, however law enforcement responded in force until the situation was secured.   

The scene in front of the elementary school was very emotional.  Parents were waiting to pick up their children from school.

Lindenwood University students have been text messaged that everything is clear.  Night classes will continue as scheduled.