Kid with toy rifle prompts Mass. police search for “suspicious” men at State House
(Update) – A 12-year-old boy and and an unidentified driver are being questioned after police put out a statement warning of two “suspicious” men who parked outside the Massachusetts State House this morning holding what appeared to be a rifle.
Around 11:40 a.m. Sunday, 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 tracked down the vehicle, and found that the boy was holding a newly purchased “Air Soft Rifle,” which is similar to a bb gun, but fires plastic pellets. Air Soft rifles in most instances resemble an exact replica of the actual firearm.
Police said they are questioning the boy and the driver.