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Worker reports possibly seeing gun handled outside Hunterdon County school, police investigating

KINGWOOD TWP., N.J. - Authorities in Hunterdon County, New Jersey say they are investigating after a school worker reported seeing what she believed to be a gun outside the Kingwood Township Elementary and Middle School.

According to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony Kearns III, a substitute trainee on Tuesday afternoon reported to police that she witnessed in front of the school what she believed to be a long gun being placed onto the back seat of a black four-door pickup truck by an Asian or white male with short hair.

Kearns said authorities arrived within moments of the report, but were unable to locate the truck.

While officials are unable to confirm that a gun was actually placed in the truck, Kearns said "all information has been and will be taken seriously and investigated properly."

"The County Superintendent of Schools has been in touch with all the schools in the county to ensure that they are aware of the alleged incident and take proper security precautions according to our Safe Campus Initiative and Standard Response Protocols," Kearns said.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact the Kingwood state police barracks at 908-996-2864 or Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office at 908-788-1129. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Hunterdon County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-321-0010.

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