Patterson PD investigates incident reported at PES

A firearm was found on the premises of Patterson Elementary School last week, but who it belongs to and how it got there remains a mystery.

Patterson Police Chief Jason Strickland confirmed last Tuesday  a gun was found on the school campus, outside the building after classes dismissed for the day Monday. As the Times was going to press this week, the chief said he had nothing new to report.

“We are still checking out possible leads,” he said.

Chief Strickland declined additional comment citing the ongoing investigation.

“I hope to have the investigation wrapped up and be able to make a statement soon,” he said.

School superintendent Dara Bennett stressed safety is a top priority at the school and she said the school system is working closely with the Patterson Police Department to get to the bottom of how the gun got on campus.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Patterson Police Department at 647-2117 or 911.