CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A gun scare causes a Chesterfield middle school to go on lock down. A man was seen walking near the school with a semi-automatic gun strapped, to his hip. Parents with children who attend Tomahawk Creek Middle School call the incident alarming.
The man who had that gun was arrested. 21-year-old Aebian Alkabily is charged with possessing a firearm while on school property. His sister-in-law, Tiffany Ball, says it's all a big misunderstanding.
"He's never been in trouble. His entire life, no criminal record," said Ball.
It happened Monday morning. Ball says Alkabily left home to go for a speed walk and light jog. Alkabily's workout routine included a run near Tomahawk Creek Middle School -- not far from his Chesterfield home.
Police say, Alkabily was seen with a 45 caliber semi-automatic gun strapped to his hip. Tomahawk Creek Middle School was put on lock down.
"They pulled him over saying he was on school grounds carrying a weapon -- they took him and wouldn't let him out," said Ball.
Police say it doesn't appear Alkabily had any bad intentions.
Nicole Bell: "Why did he have a weapon on him?"
Tiffany Ball: "Because he's nervous -- for protection."
Nicole Bell: "Does he have a permit to have a weapon?"
Tiffany Ball: "He's in the process of getting a permit. He has a certificate - he did his 8 hour class and he's waiting."
A spokesperson with the school district says students were not in any danger and that the school went on lock down for 15 minutes at the request of police.
"It's alarming. It's something these days parents think about all the time when sending your kids to school," said Kim Lukitschy. She has two children who attend the middle school.
Ball says she and her family want to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
"I think it was a mistake. It's something that shouldn't have happened -- wrong place, wrong time," said Ball.
Police say Alkabily was not on the school campus but close enough to the school that the department could charge him with possessing a firearm while on school property.
His family members say a judge granted Alkabily bond and that they hope he'll be back home sometime Friday night.