UPDATE: According to the authorities, the reports of an active shooter that led to a lockdown at an elementary school on Long Island on Tuesday turned out to be “swatting.” A individual contacted 911 just before 11:30 a.m. to report an incident with a shooter that occurred close to Newbridge Road School in North Bellmore, according to the officials who responded to the call.
Officers were informed by the caller that there was a man in the vicinity who was armed with a firearm, and that rounds may have been fired at the school. The authorities arrived at the scene not long after the phone was placed, and they immediately placed the school under lockdown while they conducted an investigation.
After conducting a full search of the school and conducting an exhaustive investigation, the authorities came to the conclusion that the call was unsubstantiated and that the threat was, in the end, an episode of swatting.
A “swatting” call refers to a fraudulent activity wherein an individual contacts law enforcement to report a fabricated incident, with the explicit purpose of enticing an armed emergency team to a specific location. Police stated that the incident on Tuesday prompted a precautionary closure of additional schools in the district. Since then, all students and faculty have returned to their places of employment, authorities confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.
It is requested that anyone with information contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.
Newbridge School Shooting – Lockdown has been implemented at the Newbridge Road School. On-site emergency staff are now present. During this time of emergency, you are not permitted to phone or come to the school, as this is against the safety policy and at the direction of the police. According to the information gathered on social media; there are reports of an active shooter in the vicinity.
Responding officials are yet to release a report on the incident. This is a developing story that will be updated as soon as more details become available.
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