Update: Natick Police on Monday night issued the following brief update regarding the gun that they and state police had been searching for in town:
The missing firearm was located on Rte. 128 by the Massachusetts State Police. This event remains under investigation.
Natick Police issued an alert on social media Thursday morning regarding a missing gun that may have fallen from atop a vehicle being driven through town.
The warning reads: “A person has reported that they inadvertently left a firearm on top of their vehicle and it may have fallen off in the area of Lilja School. The area has been thoroughly searched by police and is being searched again. If you see anything, please do not handle it and call 911 immediately. As a precaution Officers will be stationed in the area for the start of school today.”
Lilja Elementary School parents and guardians were notified of the situation as well by the school via email on Thursday morning, for some as they were arriving at bus stops.
Some residents were alerted by a text from the police and Natick Public Schools superintendent:
The police department Facebook post set off a serious of comments from concerned parents and general rabble-rousers, with obligatory gun rights debate.
The police post went on to say that the incident involved a visitor to a private residence in Natick who reported the situation. Natick and state police K-9 unit searched the area near Lilja and along the driver’s route throughout the night and early hours. The gun was not lost on school grounds, according to the police.