Woman charged with 'reckless shooting' after Tauranga primary school lockdown

Police on the scene at Bellevue Primary School.
Police on the scene at Bellevue Primary School. Photo credit: Supplied

A woman has been charged following a lockdown in a Tauranga primary school.

Just before 9am on Thursday morning, police were called to Bellevue Primary School, which had gone into a voluntary lockdown after a firearms incident.

Someone was reported to have fired a gun on a property neighbouring the school.

The Armed Offenders Squad was put on standby - but at 9:50am, police confirmed the school was no longer in lockdown and cordons had been removed.

A 44-year-old woman has now been arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm.

Police also located the firearm on the property.

The woman will appear at Tauranga District Court on Friday, and has been remanded in custody.

"Police would again like to commend the staff at Bellevue Primary School for their actions to ensure the safety of staff and pupils," a spokesperson said.


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