Gun found in seven-year-old's backpack at New York City school
A handgun was found in the backpack of a 7-year-old boy at a New York City public elementary school on Thursday, triggering a brief lockdown amid heightened concern about gun violence in U.S. schools, officials said.
New York City Police Department spokesman John Grimpel said authorities are investigating how the unloaded .22-caliber handgun ended up in the child's backpack.
Police also found an ammunition clip and a flare gun in the bag belonging to the second-grade student, Grimpel said.
Officials locked down the Wave Preparatory Elementary School, located in Queens, for an hour, the New York City Education Department said.
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