A Rockland County elementary school was put into a temporary lockdown when loud noises interrupted classes outside the building.
Viola Elementary School in Montebello was put in a temporary lockdown on on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 23 when officials said “loud noises” were heard coming from nearby wooded areas near the building.
According to police, at approximately 1:20 p.m., officers from the Ramapo Police Department responded to the school, “after receiving a report of possible gunshots.” Officers responded to the scene and found that there was no problem at the school.
Police said that officers conducted an extensive search of the area, including the use of a police helicopter. Investigators never determined the source of the alleged shots. Officers from the Ramapo Police Department received an assist from members of the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police.
The lockdown was lifted at approximately 2 p.m. As a precaution, local law enforcement increased their presence near the building throughout the day and through dismissal. Police said that no other information regarding the lockdown would be released at this time.
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