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Child playing with an Airsoft rifle causes stir near State House

A report that a person was waving a firearm in a parked minivan near the State House in Boston this morning turned out to be a 12-year-old boy with a new Airsoft rifle, State Police said.

Department of Conservation and Recreation rangers in the State House saw the minivan, a blue 2001 Chrysler Town & Country with Massachusetts plates, parked in a State House loading dock around 11:40 a.m., police said in a statement.

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Rangers saw two people in the minivan on a security camera, one of whom seemed to be looking through something that looked like a scope on a rifle. The rangers called State Police, who issued an alert asking officers to look out for the car.

Troopers found the minivan around 1:30 p.m., State Police said. The rifle was actually an Airsoft gun, which looks like a real firearm but shoots plastic pellets.

Police were talking to the 12-year-old and the minivan’s driver early this afternoon.

Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at gal.lotan@globe.com.
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