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Reported person with gun in car turns out to be child with toy

November 11, 2011 |  6:24 pm

A report of a person brandishing a gun inside a minivan on the 71 Freeway near Chino on Friday afternoon prompted a strong response by authorities, but the culprit turned out to be a child fooling around with a toy weapon, a Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman said.

After receiving a call from a concerned motorist, deputies from the Walnut station pulled the van  over near the 60 Freeway about 3:45 p.m. and found two adults and two children inside.

One of the kids was playing with the toy gun.

"The motorist thought it was real, but deputies could tell it was a toy," Sgt. R. Causey said.

He told City News Service that no arrests were made, but added that he hopes the parents “will have a talk with the children after this.”


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