POSTED: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 3:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Police are warning parents after seeing more and more kids with pellet rifles that look like full assault weapons.
The new pellet guns resemble the real thing so much that police are having a hard time telling the real from the fake when seconds count. The confusion could get someone killed.
"I think it's pretty dangerous," said Indianapolis resident Lynn Workman.
"Carried in someone's hand or concealed in a bag or under a coat, it looks like a real rifle," said Indianapolis Metro Police Commander Brian Mahone.
Commander Mahone's biggest concern comes after seeing a teenager outside Northwest High School chasing a classmate with a pellet rifle, prompting a 911 call. He and other responding officers thought the gun was real and ordered the teen to put the gun down.
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