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Man with air pellet gun causes school lockdown

A man with an airsoft pellet gun at Kenwood Elementary School Thursday afternoon and the man he gave the handgun to are expected in court today.

That gun, which 40-year-old Allen Sanders took to Kenwood Elementary School, prompted school officials to institute a lockdown at the building in the 1400 block of Nagley Street, Springfield police Lt. Jeff Meyer said Thursday night.

No one was injured in the incident, which was reported at about 2:56 p.m., Meyer said.

According to the police report filed in the incident, a janitor said he saw the gun in the back pocket of a man as he walked into the school building. That man was identified as Sanders, Meyer said. Police were dispatched and found Sanders in a bathroom, but he didn't have the weapon.

Sanders told police he had given the gun to another man, 35-year-old Donald Hanke, Meyer said. Police found Hanke outside of the school, in possession of the gun.

Police think Sanders and Hanke know each other, Meyer said. Both men were taken into custody within a few minutes of Sanders entering the building.

They were taken to the Clark County Jail. Both were detained on charges of inducing panic, a misdemeanor, and illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon or ordnance in a school safety zone.

Both men told police they had gone to the school to pick up their children, Meyer said.

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