ELYRIA – Franklin Elementary School dismissed students late this afternoon after a brief lockdown caused by shots fired nearby.
The school’s principal put the school on lockdown at 3:15 p.m., which district communications director Amy Higgins said was caused by a “disturbance outside (the school) in the neighborhood.” Two alerts were sent to parents and guardians about the lockdown, during and after the incident.
Elyria Police Lt. James Welsh said officers were called to the area for reports of 4-6 gunshots fired on Riverside Drive and 11th Street near the school.
Lt. Welsh said detectives are searching the area and have found multiple bullet casings on the street. Though the lockdown was lifted, a district news alert said police will stay around the area during dismissal.
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