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Police: Salem student pulled gun during class

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A North Salem High School student is accused of pulling out a gun in class and pointing it toward another student.

Salem police said it happened around 10 a.m. Wednesday. School staff said the student ran away from the school as security workers arrived at the scene.

"We just finished learning about the Columbine shooting in sociology class, so having someone with a gun at our school is unsettling," said NSH Senior Omar Mosqueda.

Officers located the student several blocks away just before 12:30 p.m. The suspect did not have the gun with him at the time, according to police.

"I came out of my house and I saw him sitting in the alley way, right on the curb. Police were standing around him, he looked very suspicious," said NHS Student Jessica Reid.

A thorough search of the school was conducted and the weapon still has not been found.

The suspect was taken into custody and will be charged with disorderly conduct, menacing and possession of a firearm in a public building.

"I had a lot more trust in the people around me at school, I'm just surprised this happened," said NSH Freshman Jane Nele.

No one was hurt.

Police said there is no indication of any ongoing dispute between the suspect and the student he is accused of pointing the gun at and they are investigating what led to it.

North Salem High School and Parrish Middle School were put into immediate lockdown until the suspect was found. Classes then resumed as normal.

Salem police ask anyone with information about this case to call 503-588-6123.

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