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Pair of teens arrested after AK-47 found on Craigmont High campus

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Two teens were taken into custody Friday after police said they may have been firing a semi-automatic weapon on school property.

Memphis City Schools put Craigmont High School on lockdown during the incident, while police swarmed the area searching for the source of a series of gunshots.

According to police, the incident started when off-duty police officers heard gunshots in a wooded area near Craigmont.  When on-duty officers showed up looking for a potential shooter, they pulled into the parking lot at Craigmont as part of that search. 

Sitting in the school's parking lot, officers found a car that didn't belong.  Inside were two teens, ages 17 and 18, in possession of a gun.

"They found an Ak-47 in the trunk," said student Darryl Johnson, one of many students who looked on as police searched. "I seen it, all brown and all. It was big and all."
 
Memphis police later confirmed Johnson suspected: they had recovered an AK-47 from the pair's vehicle.

Officials said the teens were not Craigmont students, and did not belong on campus.  No students were involved, according to MCS Director of Security Services Carolyn Jackson, and no one was hurt.
 
"Your kids are safe at school," Jackson said. "This was an isolated incident."
 
Both teens were charged with carrying a weapon on a school campus.  Police are trying to determine what they were doing there, why they had the weapon, and if it was the same weapon officers heard firing shots. 

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