SALEM -- A 17-year-old North Salem High School student was arrested for allegedly bringing a handgun to class and pointing it at another student Wednesday.

Witnesses said the student pulled out the gun around 10 a.m. and staff members quickly alerted security.

The student fled as security personnel were arriving, police said, and officers found him about two hours later, several blocks away from the school.

The suspect did not have the gun with him at the time, and a thorough search of the school premises has been conducted by school officials and police officers, said Lt Dave Okada with the Salem Police Department. At this point the weapon has not been located.

I would hate to be in that classroom, said student Tyler Cade.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident and will be charged with disorderly conduct, menacing and possession of a firearm in a public building.

Okada said it was unclear what led up to the incident or what may have transpired had the boy not run away.

That's not safe, that's not normal, said concerned parent Shannon Villa.

No one was injured but the incident was very unsettling for students, parents and school staff.

North Salem High School and Parrish Middle School were placed in lockdown during the investigation.

Anyone with information that may help the investigation was asked to call Salem police at (503) 588-6123.

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