ROCHESTER, Minn. – A reported shooting that resulted in a heavy law enforcement presence at Lourdes High School was the result of an internet-based swatting call.
Law enforcement told a news conference Wednesday morning that the call was a runover incident and there were no shootings or injuries.
RPD says call came in just after 10 a.m.
“We know the call was internet-based and it was the voice of a real person,” RPD leader Jim Franklin said.
Authorities said the day would continue as normal for the students, but they would have the option of leaving with their parents.
The Minnesota BCA contacted local law enforcement and said other similar incidents have been reported in Minnesota. Uniformed officers also responded to other local schools out of caution.
The area code the call originated from was not local.
“Just a huge sigh of relief that no one was hurt,” Franklin said. “We very quickly deployed officers to the school and they were able to assess that there was no threat. Out of an abundance of caution, we formed several units anyway.
Meanwhile, Mayo High School reported that someone saw a person in a vehicle in a parking lot with a gun. At that time, Mayo went into lockdown.
“We have confirmed that the vehicle and person observed by the student was a law enforcement officer responding to Lourdes who briefly stopped near Mayo High School,” RPS said in a statement. “We are extremely pleased with the student who reported the situation to the leaders of the building. We are all safer when individuals say something when they see something.
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