Sheriff’s office believe report ‘a hoax’ that man had gun at Kent elementary school

King County Sheriff's Office investigators believe the report of a man seen with a gun Friday on the grounds of Carriage Crest Elementary in Renton was a hoax.

King County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe the report of a man seen with a gun Friday on the grounds of Carriage Crest Elementary in Renton was a hoax.

“We did a full search and took it very seriously,” said Sgt. Jim Laing, sheriff’s office spokesman in a phone interview Friday. “But based on information I can’t talk about (specifically) because the investigation is ongoing, we believe it’s a hoax related to a student at the school.”

Kent School District officials locked down Carriage Crest Elementary, 18235 140th Ave. S.E., for about one hour after several students reported seeing a suspicious looking man on school property with a gun, according to an email issued to parents by principal Susanne Wick.

Carriage Crest Elementary is in the Kent School District but has a Renton address.

Sheriff’s office deputies and district safety officers did not find a suspicious man in the area after an extensive search.

Students were locked down starting at about 1 p.m.. The lockdown was lifted at approximately 1:50 p.m.

Students had indoor recess for the remainder of the day as a precaution.

“During the lockdown, our students are commended for doing an excellent job following the directions of the staff,” Wick said. “Our practice drills paid off today.”


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