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Man with pistol arrested, hollow bullet in front of the elementary school



A primary school in New Jersey was closed on Thursday afternoon after a man with a loaded pistol and scores of rounds of ammunition was found in the school parking lot.

The police responded to the Tamaques Elementary School in Westfield, New Jersey, after receiving a call from the Delaware State Police that Thomas J. Wilkie was on his way to school, a statement from the Westfield Police Department.

When the police arrived, they found Wilkie in an SUV with a caliber 45 handgun, which was loaded with hollow bullets and 130 rounds of ammunition in the trunk of the vehicle, according to Union district attorney.

The 46-year-old from Bear, Delaware, was immediately put into police custody, while the building remained closed according to the Westfield Police Department.

Primary school lessons were held on the day the incident took place, but activities took place after school.

  PHOTO: Police responded to Tamaques Elementary School in Westfield, New Jersey on Thursday, June
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Police responded to Tamaques Elementary School in Westfield on Thursday, June 13, 2019 , New Jersey, and arrested a man with a loaded pistol and 130 rounds of ammunition in the parking lot.

The lock was lifted after the building and security area had been searched, the police said.

Wilkie is accused of unlawfully possessing a second-degree weapon, having hollow spheres of fourth degree, and trespassing on the school grounds.

Wilkie's father NJ.com said his son had gone to school for a problem with a friend or ex-girlfriend who worked there. He also said that Thomas's brother had reported him to the Delaware State Police.

If convicted, he faces five to 10 years in prison for illegal firearms possession.

His next appearance in court is scheduled for June 19.

Matt Foster of ABC News has contributed to this report.


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