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District: Reports of shots fired near Joliet Central High School leads to lockdown

Joliet Central High School, 201 E. Jefferson St.
Joliet Central High School, 201 E. Jefferson St.

Joliet Central High School was on lockdown for about 15 minutes after administrators received a report of shots fired near the campus, according to a statement released Joliet Township High School District 204.

About 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, the Joliet Police Department notified District 204 administrators of a report that “shots were fired in the community near Central campus,” district spokeswoman Kristine Schlismann said in the statement.

This report prompted school officials to place the Central high school building, the Pathways Campus, the Transition Center and the district’s Infant Childcare Center on lockdown as a precautionary measure, Schlismann said.

At 2:55 p.m., the lockdown was lifted and school resumed as normal, she said.

Police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said the department received a report of shots fired south of the Metra tracks near the school about 2:30 p.m.

Botzum said no one was struck or injured and police are investigating the matter.

Schlismann said the incident took place “in our nearby community and not within any of our buildings, or on campus.”

“At no time were students or staff in danger as it relates (to) this incident,” she said. "As always the safety of our students and staff is our top priority."

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