POLICE were called out after a man claiming to have a gun confronted a mum and her two children.
The woman had collected the youngsters from Youth Almighty Project, in Silksworth, last night.
As she walked along Tunstall Village Road, a man turned around and told her and her children to get away as he had a gun.
The woman and her children immediately went back into Youth Almighty, which was put on lockdown as police officers rushed to the scene.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “At just after 8pm yesterday, Thursday, November 7, police received a report from a member of the public that a man had claimed to be carrying a gun on Tunstall Village Road, Sunderland.
“Officers attended the scene and carried out a search of the area to identify and locate the man described who had left the scene.
“Inquires are continuing today.
“The man is described as white, 5ft 6ins to 5ft 9ins tall, medium build, with dark hair.
“He spoke with a local accent and was wearing grey jogging bottoms and a mustard coloured coat.” Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson, from Sunderland Area Command, said: “Our inquiries are continuing today to locate this individual.
“It’s important to note that at no point was a firearm actually seen by anyone, the man described just claimed to be carrying one.
“I’d also like to reassure residents that we have officers in the area and anyone with concerns should speak to them.”
Anyone with information on the incident should contact police on 101,