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Image source: Bibb County Sheriff’s Office

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The 17-year-old male had a gun when he jumped out of a vehicle at Westside High School — which is in Macon — and ran away Wednesday, the Bibb County Sheriff's Office said.

A Bibb County School Campus police officer who was monitoring vehicles in the carpool line saw the gun and approached the vehicle, authorities said, adding that's when the teen ran off.

The suspect was identified in Bibb County jail and arrest documents as Zyon Rahquez Hardwick, the Macon Telegraph reported. Arrest warrants indicate the campus police officer saw Hardwick with a Bushmaster .223 rifle while sitting in a Toyota in the school’s carpool-pickup line at about 2:25 p.m., the Telegraph added.

What's more, Hardwick is a “known and admitted” member of the “912 Crip/OTS" street gang, the paper reported, citing the warrants.

A spokesperson for Bibb County School District told the Telegraph the suspect took off running with the gun into some woods near the Heath Road campus, after which the school was locked down.

A multiple-agency manhunt ensued, which included the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Department of Corrections, Bibb County School District Campus Police, and the Georgia State Patrol, authorities said.

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