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Grade school, neighborhood on alert

By Layron Livingston - bio | email

TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - Things appeared to back to normal in the Birdwell Elementary neighborhood, Wednesday morning, but some neighbors nerves have yet to calm down.

"I'm really concerned about it, and I think everybody in the neighborhood is concerned," said tom Elting.

Elting lives about half-a-block from the school. He said he walks both his grandson and grand-daughter to Birdwell every morning.

He could not believe someone would pull a gun on one of their schoolmates. "Ludicrous that something like that happens."

Tyler Police said a Birdwell fifth grader was walking to school when a stranger drove up in a white van and pulled a gun.

"[The suspect] never got out of the vehicle, never really had a chance to say anything," said Officer Don Martin. "The subject pointed a gun at a child, and the child was threatened by it."

The young boy ran to the school and eventually told an adult.

"We are very proud of this student for coming forward and being brave and telling us about this," said Angela Jenkins, Tyler ISD communications director. She says Tyler Police are working with TISD officers, patrolling the neighborhood around the school.

Letters were also sent home to parents in English and Spanish, notifying parents of the situation.

Tyler police are still looking for the man who pulled the gun on the student. He was driving a white van with windows down the side. The driver's door was scratched, and the driver looked like a Hispanic male with a mustache. He was wearing a black t-shirt.

If you have any information, call Tyler Police at 903.531.1000.

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