Grant, Douglass and West Boulevard schools locked down for half an hour

Monday, November 1, 2010 | 4:38 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Douglass High School and Grant and West Boulevard elementary schools were locked down for 35 minutes on Monday as a precaution after police received phone calls reporting shots had been fired near Worley and Hardin streets.

The Columbia Police Department received the first of five calls at 12:51 p.m. reporting that as many as 12 gunshots had been heard. The department then asked the schools to begin temporary lockdowns.

Stephony Stelzer, a secretary at Grant Elementary School, received the call from police. "The lockdown lasted approximately 35 minutes," she said.

Police spokeswoman Jessica Haden said there was no evidence of any damage from bullets in the area. They also found no shell casings or other signs of gunfire.

The schools were released from the lockdown at 1:27 p.m. Police were still investigating.

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