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Tuesday, Mar 04 2014 12:26 PM

Golden Hills Elementary placed on “semi-lockdown” after shots fired nearby

Golden Hills Elementary is keeping its students in a “semi-lockdown” after shots were fired in the vicinity near Santa Maria Drive and Madre Street around 10:45 a.m this morning, according to Kern County Sheriff Sgt. Doug Wilson.

Witnesses told KCSO that the suspect, a hispanic male, shot at another hispanic male before getting into a vehicle and fleeing towards Valley Boulevard. The other suspect involved was reported to have fled on foot.

According to Sgt. Doug Wilson and Tehachapi Unified School District Superintendent Lisa Gilbert, it is believed that the two involved have left the area.

“We're pretty confident this is an isolated incident and the folks probably aren't in the area and we don't see a risk,” Wilson said.

Extra patrol was requested for GH Elementary, Gilbert said. The school is not officially on lockdown — meaning they are not locking all doors and windows and keeping people from entering or leaving — but is keeping students inside until further notice from law enforcement.

Gilbert said the district is currently drafting a message to be sent to all parents of GH Elementary students.

The incident is currently under investigation and officers are continuing to patrol the area. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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