MADERA, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Multiple officers in Madera responded to the area of 4th Street and Gateway Drive for a possible active shooter situation where students were walking to school Friday morning, according to the Madera Police Department.

Police say a man was seen firing what was believed to be a firearm, repeatedly in the area, and was last seen entering a hotel.

Officers say they were able to locate Dennis Ray Vaughn in the hotel’s stairwell armed with a pellet gun. 

Vaughn according to police discharged the pellet gun at different locations near the hotel where students were walking to school causing them to fear being shot at by a real gun. 

Vaughn was arrested and booked at the Madera County Jail.