Lockdown lifted after shots fired near East High School

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A lockdown at East High School in Wichita has been lifted after reports of shots fired near the campus. 

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said officers responded at around 12:15 p.m. Friday to reports of shots fired on Grove just south of Douglas.

"Apparently two cars were involved in the shots fired incident as they were traveling southbound," Chief Ramsay said. "At this time, we don't know if the individuals in the cars involved were a part of the school or not."

A passing vehicle's window was shot out, but police have not received any reports of injuries. 

"There is not and was not an active shooter incident at East High School," Officer Kevin Wheeler said. There was an off-campus incident involving possible shots being fired near the school. The school was not involved."

Ramsay said the school immediately went on lockdown.

"The reality in today's world is, because of social media, how connected everybody is, there was a panic that went through the school and among parents. People were worried, and we tried to get information out as quickly as possible that the school really wasn't under any threat."

The lockdown was lifted a short time later. 

Ramsay said a shooting near a school is extremely concerning and that officers are following up on leads. 

"This can't happen near our schools where our kids are."

Anyone with information is asked to call the See Something Say Something hotline at (316) 519-2282 or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111. 

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