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Armed suspect in vicinity prompts lockdown of ETX school

COMMERCE, TX (KLTV) -

An East Texas school district went on lockdown after an armed suspect was spotted nearby on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Commerce ISD Facebook page, all campuses went  under a "modified lockdown" after an armed person was spotted near the Commerce hospital.

Commerce Police say a man was spotted sitting on a bench with a gun outside of Hunt Regional Community Hospital at Commerce.

They say maintenance was notified, and within three minutes, the police arrived and the man was gone.

After scouring the area, police came up empty and were unable to locate the man.

Although the man is not believed to be in the area, a police presence remains.

Commerce Elementary, the closest to the hospital, remains on a modified lockdown as a precaution.

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