Texas Cops Swarm High School, Arrest Student on Gun Charge Day After Uvalde

Police in a Dallas suburb arrested a juvenile on Wednesday for gun charges after a report that the student appeared to be carrying a rifle to a nearby high school. This comes just one day after a high school student in Uvalde, Texas, shot and killed 21 people at an elementary school, killing 19 children.

The Richardson Police Department released a statement Wednesday morning that they'd received a 9-1-1 call "reporting a male holding what appeared to be a rifle" and walking towards L.V. Berkner High School just before 11 a.m.

"Within minutes of the call being dispatched, numerous police officers from various units within the Richardson Police Department responded to Berkner High School and initiated a search and investigation into this incident," the police department wrote on its Facebook page.

All other schools in the immediate area were notified of the suspicious activity, and police worked with the Richardson Independent School District to identify the male, who was identified as a student at Berkner High. Police were able to locate him inside the high school Wednesday, but he had no weapons on him, the statement read.

"Further investigation led to the discovery of a vehicle used by the suspect in the parking lot of 1551 East Spring Valley Road. Inside the vehicle, officers observed what appeared to be an AK-47 style pistol and a replica AR-15 style Orbeez rifle," the police statement read.

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A Dallas-area high school student was arrested on gun charges Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Richardson, Texas. In this photo, police officers stand outside the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 25, 2022. The tight-knit Latino community of Uvalde was wracked with grief Wednesday after a teen in body armor marched into the school and killed 19 children and two teachers, in the latest spasm of deadly gun violence in the U.S. Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images

Investigators said the weapons were loaded inside the student's Volkswagen Jetta, which was eventually towed away.

The student, whose name was not released because of age, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Carrying Weapons in a Weapon-Free School Zone, T.P.C. 46.02, which is a state jail felony in Texas.

"The Richardson Police Department would like to remind the public of the importance to report suspicious activity, as we recognize the vigilant awareness and actions of the person who initially called 911 to alert law enforcement," the statement continued.

Berkner had been placed on a lockdown, as was nearby Springridge Elementary School.

Banneka Namasaka has a child who's a freshman at Berkner High, and he got a staggering message from another child who's only 10.

"My daughter came home today, she is ten years old, and she was like, 'Oh my God daddy, there was a lockdown,' I haven't had the conversation yet," Namasaka told Fox 4 News in DFW.

This came one day after the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, where a high school student entered and gunned down 19 children and two adults. The suspect in that shooting, Salvador Ramos, was an 18 year old student at Uvalde High School.