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3 Montclair Schools on Lockdown as Police Search for Armed Suspects, Officials Say

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Police are currently in search of two armed suspects in the area of Pleasant Avenue and Cedar Avenue. It is believed that the suspects are armed, according to the BNN. The BNN is also reporting that police may be calling for area schools to be on lockdown.

It is being reported that the West Orange Police pursued the two black male suspects after they bailed out of their vehicle and ran into backyards. One was believed to have shown a handgun, according to BNN alerts.

One male is described as wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans. One suspect is believed to have last been seen on Orange Rd.

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Essex County K-9 Units have been called to assist in search efforts.

Montclair Police could not be reached for comment during this time of publication. This information is preliminary and has not been confirmed by any law enforcement sources.

NOTE: If you see any of the suspects, it is important to report this information to the police. Do not approach or engage these individuals.

 

UPDATE 12-18-17 at 12:45 p.m.: Lt. David O'Dowd of the Montclair Police Department said that one of the suspects bailed out of the vehicle in the area of Cedar Avenue near the South End businesses.

He added, "West Orange Police reported that the vehicle operator may be in possession of a handgun."  O'Dowd stated that three area schools were placed on lockdown, saying, "We immediately placed Nishuane School in lockdown due to its proximity to the incident.  A perimeter was established and an area search conducted, consisting of Montclair and West Orange Officers." He concluded, "While trying to determine the direction of flight of the suspect(s), Bullock School and Glenfield School were also locked down, as a precautionary measure." 

No injuries were reported. 

 

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