Rifleman threatens work crew near Houston schools

A man allegedly drove up to a construction crew in Harris County, Texas, this morning, inside the beltway northeast of Houston, brandished an assault rifle, and threatened a construction crew before barricading himself into a house and putting two nearby schools on lockdown, ABC News reports.

A little less than two hours after the standoff began, the man came out of the house and slowly crawled across the lawn, occasionally raising his hands in the air. After he surrendered and the scene was secured, by about 1:30 PM, the Sheldon Independent School District lifted the lockdowns at the schools: Cravens Early Childhood Academy and Monahan Elementary.

But before that, several crew members managed to drive away in their own vehicle, only to be chased by the man carrying a military-style assault rifle. No shots were reported, KHOU-TV reported, but the high risk operations unit (HROU) from the Houston Police Department responded with SWAT teams.

The Sheldon ISD placed the schools on lockdown as a precaution while police completed their investigations, writing on its website:

This is a special message to inform you that Cravens ECA and Monahan Elementary have been placed on lockdown around 11:50 a.m. today as a precautionary method while police investigate an external situation that has occurred in the area. Again, everyone at these campuses are safe and secure, and once we receive confirmation from our local law enforcement, the lockdown will be removed. Thank you.

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