09/12/2013 01:05 EDT | Updated 11/12/2013 05:12 EST

Suspected gunman in area locks down Halifax school

A lockdown that began at a north-end Halifax school after a gunman was reported in the neighbourhood has been lifted.

Halifax school board spokesman Doug Hadley confirmed that the lockdown was ended just after 2 p.m. AT

Halifax Regional Police were looking for a man near St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary School on Russell Street. It wasn't immediately clear whether the man had been apprehended.

Police said earlier they believed him to be armed.

There are about 250 students enrolled at the school from grades Primary to 6.