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UPDATED: Student Air Rifle Caused P.H.S. Lockdown

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. - Peekskill High School was put on lockdown by administrators late Wednesday afternoon after students informed staff a student had some sort of gun.

The weapon turned out to be an air rifle, also known as a BB gun, and was brought to school by 18-year-old student Rayshawn Bowen-Summers.

"He displayed the gun to several students throughout the day," said Peekskill Police Spokesman Lt. Eric Johansen." The encouraging thing is that numerous students came forward and alerted staff to the presence of the weapon."

Peekskill High School Student Resource Officer Andre Wright was informed of the weapon by school faculty and Bowen-Summers was taken into custody, Johansen said.

"The school made the decision to go into lockdown, which we supported," Johansen said.

The lockdown was put into effect around 2 p.m. and city police responded to the building. The lockdown was called off at around 3:15 p.m.

The air rifle had been handed off to other people before the lockdown was put into effect by Bowen-Summers, and police detectives were eventually able to locate the gun.

Bowen Summers was charged with unlawful posesion of a controlled substance, a vioation. It has not been determined where he got the gun but air rifles can only be purchased by those 18 and older and are not permitted in schools just as any other firearm would be, he said.

Calls to the Peekskill City School District were not immediately returned.

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