Bishop Noll on lockdown briefly over gunman concern

2013-10-18T20:15:00Z 2013-10-18T22:13:45Z Bishop Noll on lockdown briefly over gunman concernTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 18, 2013 8:15 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Bishop Noll Institute went on lockdown briefly Friday morning after an unknown man, who was believed to be holding a weapon, was spotted outside the school, the principal said.

BNI Principal Craig Stafford said someone saw a man outside the school at 1519 Hoffman Street shortly before noon Friday.

"Someone thought they saw a weapon, but we don't have a confirmation on that from police," Stafford said. "We went on lockdown procedures immediately. The gentleman was released to his residence. No criminal acts were reported by the police department. He never entered the school building or even tried to enter the school building. He was just outside by his vehicle."

Stafford said the man was not related to anyone in the building. Bishop Noll Institute is a Catholic high school under the Diocese of Gary. It has 512 students in grades nine through 12.

Stafford said police arrived quickly, and no injuries were reported.

Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said the man was not arrested or charged with any crime.

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