NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Police officers are investigating after a man ran across the campus of a private North Charleston school and dumped a gun in a trash can.
It happened Monday afternoon when a police officer responded to Cathedral Academy on 3790 Ashley Phosphate Road for a report of a gun that was found.
A report states that the officer met the man who found the gun who said another man ran across their campus and threw the firearm in a trash can. He said the man then ran towards the Stratton Capers neighborhood.
Authorities said the gun was a black Springfield XD 9mm.
NCPD officials say the weapon was run through the National Crime Information Center and was found to be clear. The gun was seized and placed in evidence.
The principal released the following message to parents at the school:
At 12:30 this afternoon, a man ran behind our elementary playground and tossed something in the trashcan. A teacher witnessed this and said he kept looking back after he disposed of whatever it was in his hand. The teacher thought this was suspicious, so she called me.
I went to the trashcan that is beside the visitor’s bleachers on football field and there was a weapon in the trashcan. I immediately called Jimmy, head of facilities, and he came within seconds.
Jimmy called the police immediately.
At no time were the children in danger, as the man was in a very big hurry to get as far away as he could.
No students have been told about the weapon, although the children on the playground were aware of suspicious activity.
Please talk with your children as you see fit, keeping in mind that Cathedral Academy will always do whatever it takes to keep your children safe.
Lower School Principal