Shots fired near KC elementary school UPDATE
7 p.m. GLADSTONE, Mo. (AP) — Students at a suburban Kansas City elementary school have been reunited with their parents after gunshots fired from a nearby home prompted a lockdown at their school.
Gladstone Police Capt. Ken Buck says the shooting didn’t involve Linden West Elementary School, but it was locked down as a precaution after shots were reported around 1 p.m. Friday.
Buck says the pupils left the building around 4:30 p.m. and taken by bus to a different school, where their parents picked them up.
Dozens of law enforcement officers surrounded the nearby house for several hours. The police chief said the man inside surrendered peacefully around 6 p.m. after his parents helped negotiate an end to the standoff.
No details about the man or the reasons for the gunfire were immediately released.
5:20 update The children have been released from the school and moved to nearby Antioch Middle School so they can safely return home with parents.
4 p.m. GLADSTONE, Mo. (AP) — An elementary school in the Kansas City suburb of Gladstone has been locked down after police reported hearing gunshots nearby, possibly at an area home.
Kansas City police responded around 1:15 p.m. Friday to help Gladstone officers search the area. Police closed some streets, and about 1:25 p.m. they heard more shots they believed came from a nearby home.
Police surrounded a house shortly before 3 p.m. It’s unclear whether anyone was shot.
Parents at the elementary school were notified of the lockdown by email and message alerts sent by North Kansas City School District officials.
District spokeswoman Mary Jo Burton says the students were being kept in the building until police and district security tell them it’s safe to leave.