NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston police say three schools were locked down Tuesday after a man was spotted in Dorchester Terrace sneaking around with what appeared to be a rifle on the same day an AK-47 was reported missing from a nearby home.
Officers were flagged down on Madden Drive on Tuesday around 1 p.m. by a citizen who claimed she saw a man throw a rifle and a backpack over a fence near W. Surrey Drive and then hide the items in a bush.
Police say the gun and backpack were gone when they searched the area, but a pink Crown Victoria driven by a man who matched the suspect's description was seen speeding off from the scene.
After a chase, officers say the vehicle pulled over but only a female was inside the car. A 9mm pistol was found in the car.
While searching for the suspect, officers say Burns Elementary, Jenkins Academy and Mary Ford Elementary were placed on administrative lockdown as a precaution.
An incident report states officers then did a yard-to-yard search where they found two homes that had a window open and screens forced off on W. Surrey Drive.
After contacting the homeowners, one of the victims told police an AK-47-style rifle was missing from her home, the report states.
Police say nothing else was reported missing. The investigation is ongoing.
If you have any information on this suspect, call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.