Police respond to call of man with gun, schools shut down

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- There’s still a lot of confusion surrounding what happened after reports of shots fired near an elementary school in Grand Junction.

Photo: David Jones

The Grand Junction Police Department cleared the scene on 7th Street near Orchard Avenue a little before 3 p.m. Friday after no evidence was found of an active shooter.

Prior to that, someone called police at approximately 12:45 p.m. and said someone pointed a gun at them. When police arrived on scene they say they heard what could have been gunshots, no word on whether or not the report of a gun being pointed at someone and the sound of gunshots was related.

People in the area said they also heard shots, it had neighbors on high alert.

"That is very concerning that they haven't found anybody, and more so because I had customers that came in and said that they heard shots, three or four, so yes, somebody was shooting a gun," said Debbie Allen, owner of 7th Street Deli.

Both Tope Elementary and Grand Junction High School were put in lockdowns during this situation. Residents within a half mile were told to shelter in their homes, too.

After each room was cleared in those schools they were moved to shelter-in-place. Police say no suspect was located.

"I think that our law enforcement officers came to the scene, made contact with everyone who was in the area, including residents in their homes and searching individual residences, and we found no evidence or indication that there was any ongoing or active threat to this neighborhood or to the schools. We would not clear a scene if we believed that there was someone who was posing a threat to a neighborhood or schools. We wouldn't," said Heidi Davidson, Grand Junction Police Department.

Students have since been released normally from those schools but heavy police presence remained in the area Friday afternoon.

Photo: David Jones

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