LIMA — A Lima school was placed on lockdown for about 25 minutes Thursday afternoon after shots were fired outside the school.
According to Sgt. Dave Gillespie of the Lima Police Department, a call was received at 2:30 p.m. that two people were firing off rounds outside Unity Elementary School, located at 925 E. Third St.
“Once officers arrived and school personnel saw police activity outside the school, the school went on lockdown,” he said.
After a brief search, police officers located two juveniles that matched the descriptions of the shooters.
“They matched the description almost exactly,” Gillespie said.
Gillespie noted that no shots were fired at the school.
“It appeared that they were either firing at another target or into the ground,” he said. “All indications are that the school was not the target.”
Inside the elementary school, the lockdown was orderly, according to Lima City Schools Superintendent Jill Ackerman.
“It did go smoothly,” she said, “and the reason that this works well for us is that we practice it on a regular basis. So any time there is an incident in the neighborhood, the staff know exactly what to do.”
Staff had to move quickly to initiate the lockdown, as the incident took place just before students were about to be dismissed for the day.
“School dismisses at 2:45,” Ackerman said.
Both the parents and the students were very cooperative during the incident.
“The parents were great and understanding that we were not going to let the students out until we had the all clear from the police,” Ackerman said. “We held off our buses from arriving there. We sent out text messages saying that the bus was going to be delayed. It worked out fine. The kids are used to doing drills for this, and the teachers do a very good job of not instilling panic.”
The two juveniles, whose names and ages were not released, are currently being detained for questioning, and no charges have yet been filed.
Once the police left the area at approximately 2:55 p.m., the school lifted the lockdown. There were no reports of student injuries during the event. The incident remains under investigation.