GJHS locked down after teen seen with gun

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- UPDATE: Police are not releasing the identity of the teenager who caused lockdowns and massive police response to GJHS Friday, but they have said what charges he was arrested for.

He was taken to the Department of Youth Corrections on charges of inciting destruction of life or property, possessing a weapon on school grounds, felony menacing, possession of handguns by juveniles, and drug charges, among others.

Original story: Grand Junction High School was locked down after reports came in about a male subject with a gun on campus, but he wasn't on the loose for long.

After 11:20 a.m. Friday, law enforcement responded to GJHS and within minutes, they were able to track down the suspect, near the intersection of 7th Streete and Elm Avenue.

The weapon he was carrying turned out to be a BB gun that was modeled to look like a real handgun.

GJPD says he is a 17-year old male, who is not a student at Grand Junction High, and why he was at the school is still under investigation.

Law enforcement started release procedures about 20 minutes after the call came in.

"Officers were very quickly able to identify the subject who matched the description of the suspect. He was running from the area of the school on foot, and officers were able to locate him in an alley nearby, and he was detained within about seven minutes of the initial call coming out," said Spokesperson for GJPD, Heidi Davidson.

West Middle School and Tope Elementary were also put into lock-down for safety.

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