Champaign school on lockdown

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign school was put on lockdown Wednesday after men were seen in the school’s parking lot, reportedly loading their trunk to go pheasant hunting.

Nobody was reported injured.

Champaign Deputy Police Chief Troy Daniels said officers were called to St. Matthew Catholic School, 1307 Lincolnshire Drive, at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. School officials notified police after someone called to report seeing a man in the parking lot with a visible gun case and gun in his car.

According to an email sent to parents from St. Matthew School Principal Petrece Klein, the school was immediately put in lockdown.

“The Champaign police were wonderful in their response, and within minutes we had learned the situation,” Klein wrote. “Long story short, it is the last day of pheasant hunting season, and some guys met in the parking lot and were loading their trunk to go hunting.”

Daniels said no arrests had been made as of Wednesday evening.
“The incident is still under investigation,” Daniels said. “One person has been interviewed, and we plan to talk to more people.”

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