The arrest of a 16-year-old Union City boy who was armed with a loaded handgun near Newark Memorial High School prompted a lockdown of the campus today, a Newark police commander said.Police have released students from the gymnasium, where they spent the afternoon as SWAT teams searched the school to be sure no weapons were present on campus, according to Cmdr. Bob Douglas. An officer patrolling a condominium complex near the high school first spotted the suspect in a group of between four and seven teens who looked as if they could be truant students, according to Douglas. The teens scattered when the officer approached, and some jumped a fence and fled onto school grounds, Douglas said. Police detained three of the youths, he said, and ordered the school to be shut down shortly after 11 a.m. when they discovered the handgun on the 16-year-old Union City resident, who is not a Newark Memorial student.Officers established a perimeter and SWAT teams were called out to assist in searching the school, classroom by classroom, to make sure none of the other teens had brought a weapon on campus.Police did not locate any of the other teens who fled after being initially spotted with the suspect, he said. The campus-wide search did not reveal anything suspicious. Douglas emphasized that the gun was found near, but not on school property. No shots were fired and rumors of hostages were not true, he said.After officers cleared each classroom, students were relocated to the gymnasium to await release to anxious parents, he said.The teen who had the handgun faces charges for carrying a loaded weapon, Douglas said. He did not have information on the others who were detained, and could not say whether they are students at Newark Memorial. Police from Fremont and Union City assisted in the search.
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