Lockdown orders were lifted for an El Paso community college and local schools after police determined there was no credible threat. The lockdown was originally issued after a gunman was possibly spotted on campus. Early reports said that someone may have been arrested, but police are now saying that the original two people to report the gunman are recanting their statements. Here’s what we know so far.
1. The Lockdown Was Lifted
The lockdown was lifted after police determined that there was no credible threat. All schools that were originally under the lockdown reported that everyone was safe, KVIA reported.
2. Multiple Schools Were on Lockdown
Several schools were on lockdown as helicopters circled the area looking for suspects, Canutillo ISD reported. These schools included Canutillo High, Northwest Early College High, the Canutillo Central Office, and El Paso Community College Northwest Campus, the El Paso Times reported. The gunman was reported near the EPCC Northwest campus. EPCC sent out the following Tejano Alert to its students, KVIA reported:
Please be aware we have a subject who is possibly armed and was last seen near North West campus. North West campus is currently on lock down, please do not leave your classrooms.”
3. Original Reports Said Someone May Have Been Arrested, But This Turned Out Not to Be True
Some unconfirmed reports early on by local media claimed that one person may have been arrested. However, police later said that they did not find anyone with a gun and these original reports were wrong, KVIA reported.
4. The First People to Report the Gunman Later Recanted
Details were mixed as to who first saw the gunman. Some said that police haven’t spoken to anyone who actually saw a gunman firsthand. KVIA is reporting that two people who called the police later recanted, saying that they never said they saw anyone with a gun.
5. Some Parents Arrived Early to Get Their Kids Despite the Lockdown
Everyone was reported safe and there were no injuries, the El Paso Times reported. Some parents arrived early and waited outside the schools, despite requests from school officials not to come yet because no one could be released.