HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — Three teenagers were arrested in Hutto after police found guns in their vehicle during a football game Thursday.
During the game, which was held at Hutto Memorial Stadium, a Hutto Independent School District police officer was tipped by someone who overheard an argument and information about the possible presence of a gun, police said.
“It is scary. It could happen anywhere, any events…it’s just happening in the big crowds,” said Maria Rada who had a student at the football game.
Hutto ISD officers then got a tip about a group of people smoking marijuana in front of the high school, which is where police found them. The group ran from police, but officers caught up with them in the school parking lot, police reported. Several weapons were found in their vehicle, including a rifle reported stolen by the Austin Police Department, they said.
“We don’t know the intentions of the individuals that had those weapons but what we do know is the potential that could have happened,” Chief Jeff Yarbrough with the Hutto Police Department said.
Hutto ISD and City of Hutto Police detained three people, ages 16 and 17, on weapons violations charges. The three were not associated with Hutto ISD. There may be three outstanding suspects, police said.
The two 17-year-olds are being held at Williamson County Jail, and the 16-year-old is being held at a juvenile detention center.
Police and Hutto ISD said the collaboration between school and city police was efficient and effective in preventing harm.
“Go ahead and talk to your kids. Know what your kids are doing, be aware of their social media, be aware of their friends, who they’re out with and what they’re doing when they’re out,” said Chief William Edwards with the Hutto ISD Police Department.
The investigation is ongoing. If you have information, call the Hutto Police Department at (512) 846-2057. You may remain anonymous.