August 30, 2019 / 5:29 PM / 16 days ago

Lockdown lifted at Vermont capitol, no gunman found - official

FILE PHOTO: People walk past a sign prohibiting firearms and weapons inside the State Legislature in Montpelier, Vermont, U.S., March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

(Reuters) - A lockdown of Vermont state office buildings in Montpelier was lifted on Friday after a police search found no gunman or weapons, the governor’s office said in a statement.

The lockdown order was issued earlier in the afternoon after a report of a possible gunman entering a state building. U.S. cities remain on high alert about such reports after a string of high-profile shootings.

Reporting by Scott Malone in Boston and Peter Szekely in New York; Editing by Chris Reese, Steve Orlofsky and Jonathan Oatis

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