Corning man shooting squirrels put schools on alert

Authorities say reports of gunfire that prompted schools in an upstate New York city to lock their doors turned out to be a man shooting squirrels.

Officials in Corning tell local media outlets that police received a call around 10 a.m. Thursday reporting shots fired in a parking lot on the city's north side. Nearby elementary and middle schools went into lockout, which means there's no public access to the buildings and students are kept inside.

Other schools kept students inside at recess while police investigated.

Officials say police arrested a 21-year-old Corning man around 2 p.m. Thursday at his job in nearby Painted Post. Police say he was shooting squirrels in the neighborhood.

The man has been charged with reckless endangerment.