Texas high school student arrested for allegedly carrying pistol and rifle in his vehicle

Police with Richardson ISD near Dallas Texas arrested a high school student for having what appeared to be a rifle and pistol in his vehicle. 

According to a report by The Hill, this arrest came the day after an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas was the scene of a massacre that ended the lives of 19 students and two teachers. 

Richardson police, located roughly 15 miles northeast of Dallas, said in a Facebook post they began searching at Berkner High School after they received a call just before 11 a.m. local time that a male looked like he was holding a rifle, was walking toward the school. 

“Based on the information provided and in collaboration with Richardson ISD, officers were able to identify the male suspect as a juvenile student of Berkner High School. The suspect was located inside Berkner High School, but no weapons were found,” police said.

“Further investigation led to the discovery of a vehicle used by the suspect in the parking lot of 1551 East Spring Valley Road. Inside the vehicle, officers observed what appeared to be an AK-47 style pistol and a replica AR-15 style Orbeez rifle.”

Berkner High School was placed on lockdown for almost an hour until police gave the all-clear, according to a statement given to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram by a spokesperson from Richardson Independent School District

Police did not release the name of the suspect but said he was arrested and charged with the unlawful carrying of a weapon in a weapon-free school zone. 

“The development comes as the nation is still reeling after the deadly Uvalde, Texas, shooting that took place on Tuesday. Uvalde is located more than 300 miles southwest of Richardson,” The Hill reported. 

The Hill has reached out to the Richardson Independent School District for comment.