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Rifle scare at UIHC

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- University of Iowa Police had to deal with a scare involving a replica rifle Thursday morning at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

UI Police say they received several calls of a male with a rifle on the top level of the UIHC parking ramp #4 around 11:17 a.m.

When officers responded at 11:22 a.m. they found a 14-year-old boy trying to hide the rifle.  Police instructed him to the ground. 

After the young man's mother arrived, they determined that the weapon was a replica rifle that shoots pellets.

The boy and his mom, who were visiting a family member at the hospital, were told to keep the rifle in their trunk for the rest of their visit.

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