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UPDATE: Gunfire alarm sends Newhall school into brief lockdown

Posted: August 20, 2014 9:02 a.m.
Updated: August 20, 2014 4:13 p.m.

Sheriff's cruiseres leave the scene of a brief school lockdown around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday. The school locked down was Wiley Canyon Elementary School. Signal photo by Jim Holt


Reports of possible gunfire near a Newhall elementary school prompted a brief school lockdown and road closure Wednesday morning, but the all-clear was sounded within 10-15 minutes, officials said.

“Everything’s fine,” an employee at Wiley Canyon Elementary School said around 9:20 a.m. after the lockdown was called upon reports of shots fired around 8:45 a.m.

Traffic at the intersection of Lyons Avenue and Wiley Canyon Road was halted briefly but was flowing freely by 9:15 a.m.

Sheriff’s deputies responded quickly after a woman called the station to report she heard possible gunfire inside a home in the 25100 block of Wiley Canyon Road near Lyons Avenue, Deputy Josh Dubin said. They immediately stopped traffic at the intersection and sent in extra deputies to help secure the area.

The house where the shots were believed to have been fired was searched. sheriff’s Lt. Tom Bryski said, “and there was nothing there.” The entire lockdown and intersection closure lasted only about 10 to 15 minutes.

In the end, deputies questioned two people but found no evidence of wrongdoing.

On-campus supervisors spotted some activity and notified sheriff’s deputies, prompting the action, Wiley Canyon Principal Tim Lankford said after the all-clear was sounded.

“We were in lockdown briefly,” Lankford said. “We secured all the classrooms and had the students move away from the windows.”

He noted a heightened sensitivity among school staff in light of online threats made this week against students at William S. Hart Union High School District schools. Two juveniles have been arrested for those threats.

“We’re glad everything worked out,” Lankford said.
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ohhyaa: Posted: August 20, 2014 12:31 p.m.

Holy cow. Has Earth spun off it's axis?

DMeyer: Posted: August 20, 2014 1:11 p.m.

A community on edge. And not just here. Lots of places.

Chill out folks!

johnnyrock: Posted: August 20, 2014 1:23 p.m.

What the hell is going one jeez???

johnnyrock: Posted: August 20, 2014 1:23 p.m.

oops going on?

Unreal: Posted: August 20, 2014 1:55 p.m.

I think it is from watching too much news. I have stopped watching any news when the story on riots comes on. I change the channel. I think we all can help calm things down by not giving ratings to this crazy crap.

Watch something old school like Andy Griffith and chill out.

lars1: Posted: August 20, 2014 6:55 p.m.

The folks at city hall are enjoying these events.
Santa Clarita has been headlines in the news everyday this past week.
There is no such thing as bad publicity.

Jake: Posted: August 20, 2014 7:23 p.m.

It's from being scared of and unfamiliar with firearms. Just like when people call the police because they saw someone with an "assault rifle" which turns out to be an umbrella. Seriously, educate yourselves people and stop living in a bubble.

lars1: Posted: August 20, 2014 9:48 p.m.

What about the lady from Valencia who was shot,
and whose car was hit by 6 bullets in Glendale?

garyr: Posted: August 21, 2014 3:00 p.m.


Did you know?

11.66.010 Use of Weapons Permitted When.

This chapter does not prohibit the discharge of any rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver or firearm of any kind, or the shooting of any arrow or other missile, when necessary so to do to protect life or property, or to destroy or kill any predatory or dangerous animal. (Ord. 89-29, 1/23/90)

Maybe someone was shooting at a rattlesnake or a raccoon in their back yard? If so, that's perfectly legal in Santa Clarita and should be no of interest to the constabulary.

DMeyer: Posted: August 21, 2014 6:56 p.m.

Why would anyone shoot a raccoon in their backyard unless it was a significant threat to their personal safety. Try Animal Control for for any nuisance caused by coons, squirrels, possums or coyotes. Try a shovel when you encounter a rattle snake, problem easily solved and there is no need to break out the 12 gauge shotgun.

garyr: Posted: August 21, 2014 8:45 p.m.

No idea. But it's a flat fact that it is 100% legal according to the Santa Clarita Municipal Code. In the real world you would have a swat team breaking down your doors with a tank. And if you were black or brown you would be combative or resisting even you stood there with your hands up. And you'd have a really bad time. 'Merica!

None the less - perfectly legal.

SReilly12: Posted: August 21, 2014 11:28 p.m.

Several years back LE showed up at my neighbors (5 of them) they took out a rattlesnake with one blast from a shotgun!

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