Fleetwood Secondary and a nearby elementary school were locked down for about 30 minutes Wednesday afternoon after a passerby reported seeing someone showing off a handgun at a nearby park.

Fleetwood Park Secondary locked down for 30 minutes

Police said report that started it all was found to be “unsubstantiated.”

By Amy Reid and Tom Zytaruk

Fleetwood Secondary and a nearby elementary school were locked down for about 30 minutes Wednesday afternoon after a passerby called police after claiming to see someone showing off a handgun at the nearby Fleetwood Park.

It happened shortly before 3 p.m., near the schools’ dismissal time.

Surrey school district spokesman Doug Strachan said both schools were in a lockout for about 30 minutes in connection with a police incident in the neighbourhood, possibly the park. The all-clear was given a few moments ago, he said at 3:42 p.m.

Surrey RCMP Corporal Scotty Schumann told the Now-Leader a person driving by Fleetwood Park reported seeing a group of people, thought a person was showing a handgun to the others, and called police. The high school is a couple blocks away, and the elementary school further away was also locked down.

Schumann said police flooded the area. “We had Air One as well and we weren’t able to locate anyone.”

The report is “unsubstantiated,” he said, and “it may or may not have happened. We haven’t been able to find any suspects or handguns.”

Police still have a couple officers in the area but believe all is safe.

“There doesn’t appear to be a threat to anybody and in fact the passerby said if in fact the person was showing a handgun it was to show them as opposed to threatening them with it.”

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com