Two men sighted with airsoft rifle near Colwood schools prompts lockdown, arrests made

Two men sighted with airsoft rifle near Colwood schools prompts lockdown, arrests made
File photo of John Stubbs Memorial School.

Two men that were spotted with a rifle in Colwood prompted multiple schools to go into lockdown.

West Shore RCMP say they received a report around 2:30 p.m. that two men in a vehicle near College Road and Thetis Crescent had a long gun, and were seen pointing it towards the trees, before they both walked into a wooded area.

The area was contained by police, and given its close proximity to the two schools, police advised them to go into a hold and secure while the situation unfolded.

Just an hour later, police managed to safely arrest the two men and confirmed that the long gun was an airsoft rifle.

The two men are currently being held in custody, and the investigation is on going.

A spokesperson from School District 61 confirmed that “all of our students are safe and secure.”

The hold and secure for John Stubbs Memorial School and Royal Roads has been lifted after an earlier incident.

The Sooke School District issued a notice of the hold and secure around 3 p.m., and Royal Roads around 3:30.

Shortly after 3:30, the West Shore RCMP tweeted the hold and secure was lifted and more details are to follow.

This is an updated story. The original version is below.

John Stubbs Memorial School is under a lockdown, and Royal Roads has issued a shelter-in-place notice due to an incident.

In a tweet, Royal Roads says there is an unfolding incident on campus. Anyone on campus is advised to shelter in place.

John Stubbs Memorial has been directed by Military Police and Westshore RCMP to go into lockdown, according to the Sooke School District.

It isn’t clear what has caused the alert, but a Tweet from the board says that staff and students inside are safe.

Students outside the school on the way to take their evening bus home are being escorted to a safe location and are being taken care of by their driver.

The alert was released shortly after 3 p.m.

This is a developing story. More details will be added as they become available.


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