Shooting noise near Douglas schools was car backfiring

BOX ELDER, S.D. – The latest on a reported shooting near Douglas High School.

Photo: Douglas School District

8:45 a.m.

According to law enforcement, the gunshot report was made after a car backfired in a nearby apartment complex.

“We would rather be safe than sorry,” says Pennington County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Hislip. “In this new world of heightened sensitivity, we will always opt on the side of caution when it comes to the safety of school children.”


Douglas schools cleared after reported shooting

8:35 a.m.

The secure status has been lifted. The district took the precaution after a report was made about gunshots near Vandenburg Elementary.

The status was lifted after law enforcement was confident there was no longer a safety concern.

The district posted on their Facebook page, telling parents, “It is important to know that we take the safety of our staff and students very seriously. There is no active safety concern, and the school has resumed normal operations.”


Reported shooting puts Douglas schools on secure status

8:20 a.m.

All Douglas schools were put on secure status Tuesday morning following a reported shooting at apartments near the schools. The following message was released by the school district to parents:

“This morning, following a report of gunshots fired at apartments near schools, all schools have been put on secure status and will be in a secure status until further notice. Secure status means no one is allowed to enter or exit the building and that there is little movement inside the school building. Law enforcement requests that families stay away from the location until further notice. We will update you with any further developments.”

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