Northeast Philadelphia's Lincoln High School went on lockdown Friday afternoon after law enforcement found weapons in a car belonging to the building engineer.
"We don't know why he had weapons in his car," says School District spokesperson Fernando Gallard. He says there have been no threats made against the school.
The Philadelphia Police Department told City Paper that the building engineer was taken into custody by the Sheriff's Department.
According to a statement from the Sheriff's Office, deputy sheriff officers served an eviction Friday morning at approximately 9 a.m. "After knocking on the door and getting no answer, a locksmith was instructed to forcibly open the door. Upon entering the property the contents of the home were removed and secured in other locations."
The Sheriff's office, however, seemingly contradicted police, stating the Sheriff's Warrant Unit "obtained information that led them to contact 15th District police officers who, along with the warrant unit, went to the evictee's place of work where he was taken into custody and turned over to the 15th District police officers." FBI agent Eric Ruona told CP that Philadelphia police are handling the case for now.
The evictee was then committed to Friends Hospital.
Gallard said that firearms were found in the engineer's home, and the later in his car, which was parked on school property. The School District would not confirm the engineer's name because he is in custody but has not yet been formally arrested.
Asked if the incident could be related to a possible attack on the school, Gallard said, "That's what you have to talk to Homeland Security about."
One school staff member, who requested anonymity, expressed concern over the lack of information provided to the public, and says that the school was in a state of confusion during the lockdown.
"The information was we were on a lockdown because of a bomb scare. Everyone said, 'That doesn't make sense: Why wouldn't you be evacuated for a bomb scare?'"
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