MANCHESTER — A man whom police arrested after receiving reports he was carrying a gun near Parkside Middle School on Thursday morning turned out to have a BB gun in his holster, police said.

Nevertheless, police arrested Mark Ricard, 61, on a warrant issued by a judge in Merrimack circuit court.

Police said a parent alerted them about the man and gave a description. Police stopped him at Granite and South Main streets.

Ricard was briefly taken into custody and his gun seized as evidence.

Police did not charge him with additional crimes. He is next due in Merrimack circuit court on Dec. 18.