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German police hunting armed man after he shows up at school

A policeman guards at a road near a school in Esslingen, Germany, Monday, July 17, 2017. Police say an armed man has been arrested after he showed up at a high school in southwestern Germany. Police spokesman Bjoern Reusch said the man didn't use his weapon and nobody was hurt. The school in Esslingen, near Stuttgart, was under a security lockdown Monday and all students had to stay inside their classrooms while officers searched the building. Reusch said the man was arrested in the town shortly after he was seen at the Friedrich Ebert School. (Sven Friebe/dpa via AP)

A policeman guards at a road near a school in Esslingen, Germany, Monday, July 17, 2017. Police say an armed man has been arrested after he showed up at a high school in southwestern Germany. Police spokesman Bjoern Reusch said the man didn't use his weapon and nobody was hurt. The school in Esslingen, near Stuttgart, was under a security lockdown Monday and all students had to stay inside their classrooms while officers searched the building. Reusch said the man was arrested in the town shortly after he was seen at the Friedrich Ebert School. (Sven Friebe/dpa via AP)

BERLIN — Police said a man who was seen with a firearm at a high school in southwestern Germany on Monday was on the loose, but that students were allowed to leave the school after a search there turned up nothing.

Police spokesman Bjoern Reusch said the suspect didn't use his weapon and nobody was hurt when he briefly appeared inside the school in Esslingen, near Stuttgart. He probably fled on a motor bike, they later tweeted.

The Friedrich Ebert School was put under a security lockdown for a time Monday morning and all students had to stay inside their classrooms while officers searched the building. Other schools and kindergartens in Esslingen were also under lockdown, but eventually all children were allowed to leave and join their parents.

Police described the suspect on Twitter as wearing a blue T-shirt and light shorts. Local and federal police were looking for the suspect with helicopters and also blocked some streets in the city.

Police did make one arrest, but said they quickly realized they had the wrong man.

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