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6200 block of North Lemont Avenue (Google map / May 9, 2013)

A woman who spotted a man with a gun at a Sauganash neighborhood school parking lot caused a scare this afternoon at dismissal but it turned out to be a Chicago police officer putting his gun away.
 
About 2:55 p.m. multiple police cars responded to the parking lot on the west side of the Queen of All Saints school in the 6200 block of North Lemont Avenue for a call of a man with a gun, according to police.

“A few minutes before dismissal, a mom who was arriving to pick up her kids came in and told us that she saw a man get out of a van who had a weapon,’’ school principal Peter Tantillo said.
 
A soft lockdown was placed on the school and everybody was kept inside for a few minutes, Tantillo said.
 
Tantillo said the man with a gun turned out to be a plainclothes Chicago police officer who had been picking up his child from the school.

“He had his weapon out and he was putting it away,’’ Tantillo said. He later apologized and told school officials he should have done that in private.
 
The lockdown was lifted shortly after 3 p.m.
 
“What we had was somebody being vigilant and letting us know about something she thought seemed odd and unacceptable,’’ the principal said. “We just wanted to be careful.’’

All parents were notified of the incident via email.

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