Unfounded reports of active shooter at area high schools

Published: Feb. 16, 2023 at 12:20 PM PST|Updated: Feb. 16, 2023 at 2:18 PM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE at 2:15 p.m.: The lockdown of Churchill County schools has been lifted. Fallon Police say no threat was found and all students are safe..

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: KOLO 8 has received calls from viewers who are hearing reports of an active shooter at several area high schools. There have been reports of someone calling and saying there’s an armed person at a school in Fallon and Elko. Our newsroom received a call that someone had heard of a threat in Fernley as well.

KOLO 8 placed a call to the Lyon County School District and a district representative confirmed that there is no active threat at any schools in their area.

Fallon Police is investigating the threats made there and posted the following on its Facebook page:

The post goes on to say: While officers were on the scene, information was received shortly after 12:00 pm that the Elko County School District received the same call. This incident appears to be a hoax; however, the Fallon Police Department takes these threats seriously and will continue our efforts at the schools to ensure the safety of all. All other Facebook postings are not to be considered credible unless they come directly from the City of Fallon or Fallon Police Department pages other than this Facebook page.

Fallon Police Chief Chris Alexander says all Churchill County schools have been placed on a precautionary lockdown while the threat iss being investigated. The call that was received in Fallon was reportedly from someone masking their voice saying that they were armed with an AR-15 outside Churchill County High School and were going to shoot students as they exited the school. No evidence of a threat has been found thus far. Officers continue to sweep the schools as a precaution.

The Elko County Sheriff’s Office posted on its social media pages that the high school there is safe and there is no threat.