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San Juan High School lockdown lifted after nearby shooting prompts police search

San Juan High School in Citrus Heights was on lockdown for several hours Wednesday due to police activity in the immediate area of campus, prompting police to search the campus.

“Please do not go to the school at this time to ensure the safety of students and staff,” a message on the school’s website posted at 12:27 p.m. said.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m., the lockdown was lifted and the campus was deemed “all safe,” Citrus Heights police spokesman David Gutierrez said.

The Citrus Heights Police Department said in a Facebook post that the campus was locked down as a precaution after a “shooting at a residence off campus occurred with no victims” in the 6300 block of Mariposa Avenue.

Gutierrez said police received a call around noon reporting the sound of gunshots in the area. Officers found bullet casings, but determined that shots had not been fired in the direction of the high school.

Several minors were seen running toward the campus after shots were fired, Gutierrez said, but it wasn’t clear at the time if the minors were connected with the shooting, and officers who searched the school room by room found no pertinent evidence.

The San Juan Unified School District said no students or staff were harmed.

“Once the search is complete, we will move to release and reunification of students and families,” the district said on Twitter during the lockdown. “No one is being allowed to enter or leave campus at this time.”

Police asked parents not to approach the school until a reunification plan was established.

San Juan Unified School District in a Twitter post said a “parent waiting area” had been established at the Citrus Heights Community Center.

After the lockdown was lifted, parents were allowed to pick up their kids at school.

Gutierrez said no arrests have been made, but suspects were described as three boys who had run toward the school after the shooting.

San Juan High School is at Greenback Lane and Mariposa Avenue.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.