KCSO: Boy who pointed BB gun at bus full of students caught, school lockdowns lifted

Washington Middle School in Bakersfield, Calif., is on lockdown Tuesday, May 15, 2018, while authorities look for a juvenile seen brandishing what could be a gun. (KBAK/KBFX photo/ Claudette Stefanian)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – A 13-year-old suspect was caught Tuesday after allegedly pointing a BB gun at a school bus, prompting two nearby school campuses to go on lockdown.

Kern County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Stephen Wells said the boy had a pistol that “looked very similar to a real firearm.”

The Sheriff's Office said 13 students were on the bus as the suspect pointed the gun and flashed gang signs in the area of River Boulevard and Jeffrey Street.

The suspect, whose name was withheld due to his age, was also found with drug paraphernalia when deputies tracked him to a home on Jeffrey Street.

Washington Middle School and Noble Elementary School locked down while authorities searched the area.

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