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Squirrel hunt leads to lockdown of Lexington One school


A man shooting squirrels prompted a Lexington School District One school to be locked down for about three hours on Wednesday morning, according to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's department spokesperson Maj. John Allard said a school bus driver spotted the unidentified man toting a shotgun in a wooded area near Midway Elementary School. 

Allard said the bus driver told a school administrator about the sighting.

In an abundance of caution, the sheriff's department asked Lexington One to lock down the school around 9:30 a.m.

Deputies canvassed the school and the surrounding area to search for the man, who was eventually located several hours later.

Allard said the man was lawfully hunting squirrels with a shotgun on private property.

The man netted two squirrels for his efforts.

No students were injured.

The sheriff's department continues to investigate.

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