Corning school put on lockdown following nearby shooting


CORNING, Calif. - The Corning Police Department said Woodson Elementary School went on lockdown Monday after a nearby shooting which police later determined was not an active threat to the school.

At about 7:36 a.m. the Corning Police Department received a call from Corning Union Elementary School District and the reporting party said there were shots fired at Woodson Elementary School and the school was going into lockdown. Soon after that call, police received a second call from a janitor working at Woodson Elementary School who said they heard the shots being fired off campus in the orchard northeast of the school.

Officers arrived at the elementary school about two minutes after the call was made with assistance from the California Highway Patrol, Tehama County Sheriff's Office, and the Corning Fire Department. Road closures were set in place and an area check for the source of the shots was conducted.

Officials checked the school and all homes and properties nearby and it was determined the shots were not fired on campus and there was no active threat to the school.

Police said several neighbors in the area northeast of the school, outside the city limits of Corning, said there have been recent problems with a pack of aggressive dogs running around unsupervised. It was believed by neighbors that someone may have been shooting at the dogs.

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