A 46-year-old Bear, Delaware, man was arrested outside a New Jersey elementary school and was found to be in possession of a handgun and more than a hundred rounds of ammunition, including two loaded magazines, the Union County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday.
According to officials, Thomas J. Wilkie was found outside Westfield's Tamaques Elementary School around 3:55 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Officers were working off a report from the New Castle County Police Department that Wilkie was en route to the school and may have been armed, officials said.
The school was placed on lockdown as a precaution.
Wilkie was found in the front seat of his vehicle in the parking lot of the school, holding a .45-caliber handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets, police said. He was additionally in possession of two loaded magazines and 130 more rounds of ammo, according to authorities.
Police said Wilkie was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, fourth-degree possession of hollow-point bullets, and fourth degree trespassing on school grounds, and committed to the Union County Jail pending a court hearing on Wednesday, June 19.