Shots fired in Southside neighborhood sends two schools into lockdown

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Reports of shots fired sent Chinook Elementary School into stay-put mode and Dimond High briefly into lockdown Thursday afternoon.

Anchorage Police first received reports of shots fired on the 8900-block of Dewberry St. at 2:37 p.m. according to Anchorage Police spokeswoman Renee Oistad.

At 2:50 p.m., APD notified Chinook Elementary School of the shots-fired investigation and advised the school to go into "stay-put mode," according to Anchorage School District spokeswoman Catherine Esary.

While APD searched for a male suspect on foot, a school resource officer remained at Chinook until all students were dismissed, Esary said. Parents of students were notified by ASD's mass notification system.

Esary says Dimond High School was also alerted and briefly went into lockdown at 2:55 p.m for approximately three minutes.

"Safety of students and staff is a priority for the Anchorage School District and we appreciate the work and cooperation of the Anchorage Police Department, our families, and our community in our schools," Esary said.

It's unknown if a suspect has been apprehended.

This is a developing story.

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