State Police Investigate Suspicious Vehicle at State House

MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE ADVISORY — 092913 — State Police Investigate Suspicious Vehicle at State House 

This morning at approximately 11:40 a.m., the State Police Boston Barracks received a report from the Department of Conservation Rangers at the State House of a suspicious vehicle.  The vehicle, reported to be a 2001 blue Chrysler Town and Country minivan, bearing Massachusetts registration 13618, was parked by the loading dock at the State House.

The DCR Rangers reported that they observed two occupants in the vehicle.  On video surveillance, the passenger appeared to be holding something long, that resembled a rifle.  The passenger appeared to be looking through a scope or something similar, attached to the long item, while pointing it at the street.  No shots were fired.

The vehicle left the area.  Massachusetts State Police and local police departments are currently searching for this vehicle.  If the vehicle is seen, DO NOT make contact DO NOT make contact with it or its occupants.  Call 9-1-1 or the State Police Boston Barracks immediately, at 617-727-6780.

No further information is currently available.  Updates will follow as they are available.

 

UPDATE:  1:30 P.M.

The Massachusetts State Police, Troop H, has located the vehicle and its occupants.  The passenger with the “long” item that resembled a rifle, has been identified as a 12 year-old.  The item he was holding was his newly purchased “Air Soft Rifle” (Which is like a bb gun, but fires plastic pellets).  Air Soft rifles in most instances resemble an exact replica of the actual firearm.

The investigation is on-going and the driver of the vehicle as well as the 12 year-old are currently being spoken to by the State Police Troop H Investigators.  It appears at this time that no live firearm was at the State House, nor any imminent danger.

No further information is currently available.  Updates will follow as they are available.

 

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