Schools on lockdown in two Connecticut towns

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, local police in Ridgefield report a suspicious person who might be armed

By Prachi Gupta
December 17, 2012 8:26PM (UTC)
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Reuters is reporting that all schools in Ridgefield, Connecticut are in lockdown "because of a suspicious person who might be armed." Police said that schools in nearby Redding are also closed as a precautionary measure.

Lieutenant Paul Vance of Connecticut State Police said at a news conference, "I'm aware of that situation in the town of Ridgefield. ... There's a report of a suspicious person, a suspicious person that may or may not be armed."


Ridgefield is 20 miles from Newtown, Connecticut, where Friday's horrific school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school took place.


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