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Mass. State House Suspect Was Boy With Pellet Gun

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Massachusetts state police say a suspicious person seen near the State House with what appeared to be a rifle turned out to be a 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun, and there was never any danger.

State police said earlier Sunday that they were looking for a suspicious minivan spotted at the State House loading dock, after one of the occupants was seen looking through a scope or similar device attached to what appeared to be a rifle.

Troopers say they later found the vehicle. They say the passenger with the rifle-like object was a 12-year-old boy who was holding his newly purchased airsoft rifle, which looks like a real rifle and fires plastic pellets.

Police say they're still investigating.

There were no events scheduled at the State House Sunday.

This article was originally published on September 29, 2013.

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