Meridian Star

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April 23, 2014

School locked down after shots fired

MERIDIAN — By Brian Livingston

    An outburst of gunfire Tuesday morning sent officers with the Meridian Police Department racing toward a middle school in Meridian.

    According to MPD Lt. John Griffith later Tuesday, there were no reports of injuries from the gunfire but that Magnolia Middle School located at 1350 24th Street was locked down for about an hour.

    "We canvased the area without coming up with any physical evidence shots were fired but the school was put on lockdown status for precautionary reasons," Griffith said. "We talked to several witnesses who said they heard the gunfire and saw two young black men fleeing the area on foot."

    Griffith said one witness told officers at least one of the suspects ran through the campus of the school.

    "We are pretty sure the suspect did not go into the school or near any of the students, faculty or staff," Griffith said. "Some of the first officers on the scene entered the school to ensure a shooter was not inside and they confirmed the school was locked down tight."

    The shooting was reported at about 10:20 a.m. Just minutes after the initial call, several MPD patrol units were on the scene securing the school and searching the surrounding area for the suspects. The suspects were described to officers as teenaged males.

    Once the school was deemed safe, officers began branching out into the surrounding neighborhoods to try and locate the suspects. No one was placed into custody although several men in the area were questioned and then released.

    Griffith said witnesses claimed the two individuals who exchanged fire were in the park next to the school.

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