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Guns seized after reports of school threats

While the investigating agencies believe there is no threat of danger to students or faculty, extra law enforcement officers will be at both Junction City High School and Harrisburg High School on Thursday.

Posted: Apr 11, 2019 7:49 AM
Updated: Apr 11, 2019 9:50 AM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- On Wednesday night, six guns were seized after officers from the Junction City Police Department and Linn County Sheriff’s Office investigated social media posts regarding the possibility of a school shooting.

According to police, just before 8 p.m. law enforcement agencies from Eugene to Albany began receiving multiple 911 calls from people reporting seeing posts on Snapchat, Instagram and other social media sites that indicated the possibility of school shootings that were going to occur on Thursday at either Junction City High School, Harrisburg High School, or perhaps both.

After interviewing witnesses, investigators identified a juvenile suspect by 11 p.m. Police then spoke with the suspect and the suspect's parents at their home. Upon further investigation, police said the suspect made some inappropriate comments that were possibly taken out of context.

Police said the suspect did not commit a crime and did not intend to commit a crime. However, officers removed two shotguns, one rifle, one .45 caliber pistol, one pellet gun and one BB-gun from the home for safekeeping. 

According to Junction City police, a subsequent investigation revealed the rifle and one of the shotguns were most likely stolen in separate incidents: one from a hardware store in Bend in 1992 and the other from an unknown location in Muskogee County, Colorado, in 2002. The police department is awaiting final confirmation on the status of both weapons from the respective investigating agencies.

While the investigating agencies believe there is no threat of danger to the students or faculty, extra law enforcement officers will be at both Junction City High School and Harrisburg High School on Thursday as a precaution. 

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