New Haven schools put in lockdown

Active police scene two blocks from Hillhouse High School in New Haven after reports of shots fired, March 27, 2014. (WTNH / Keith Porter)

UPDATE: Lockdowns have been lifted. Police still in the area.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Two schools were put into lockdown Thursday as police investigated reports of shots fired.

The schools are Hillhouse High School and Wexler-Grant Elementary.

Police spokesman Officer David Hartman said a car two blocks away got shot at. It had nothing to do with the school at all and no one was injured.

A message from New Haven Public Schools said:

“Due to police activity in the neighborhood, Wexler-Grant School and Hillhouse High School have been placed in lockdown. Students are safe and inside the buildings. To ensure the safety of students, we will wait until police have lifted the lockdown before proceeding with dismissal. We will send an update when the lockdown has been lifted.”

The message was later updated:

“Update at 2:11 p.m.
The precautionary lockdown at Wexler Grant and Hillhouse High School has been lifted and dismissal is now happening. Thank you for your patience in this matter.”

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