Air-soft gun causes scare at Russell Boulevard Elementary

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COLUMBIA — Columbia Police responded to a shots fired call at Russell Boulevard Elementary at 3:54 p.m. Friday, while kids were still inside, but those shots were fired by an air-soft gun. 

The school was put on lockdown before officers found two students with the air-soft gun. That type of gun shoots plastic pellets. 

Those children were taken into police custody and have since been released to their parents. 

Twenty-one officers responded to the scene including some Boone County Sheriff's deputies. 

As of 4:45 p.m. on Friday, police had cleared the scene and children have since left.