Police: Students Safe After Intruder Enters Patrick Henry High; Search on for Suspect

February 27, 2018 10:11 PM

A code red lockdown at a Minneapolis high school ended safely Tuesday afternoon.

Police believe an unknown man brought a gun into Patrick Henry High School just after school let out at about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.


The person of interest has not been located, but police say he was wearing a gray puffy jacket, a brown beanie, has a thin build and is about 5-feet-6-inches.

Several people told KSTP they saw the man enter the school. They said he isn't a student, but is school-aged. Some students said they had seen him around the high school with a weapon before.

"We were sitting in the office and they called code red, made us lock the doors, shut the curtains (and) turn the lights off," Dora Hill said.

Hill is a parent who was at the high school for a meeting when the lockdown went into effect. Hill was one of the first people escorted out of the building by police.

"It's overwhelming," she said. "I see this on the news. Not here."

Families flocked to the perimeter police had set up to reunite with students.

"We had this incident that just happened in Florida, so I can only imagine how much more stress these young folks are feeling at this time," said Minneapolis City Council Member Phillipe Cunningham, who represents Ward 4.

Those emotions ranged from fear to frustration.

"Students here always bring guns and nobody ever says anything, but all of the sudden now that the other shooting happened, it's so important," one student said.

Investigators said the initial report came from people on a city bus, who said someone tried to board with a gun. When officers arrived, that person reportedly fled into the school.

"We don't believe that this is at all tied to the school at this time," said John Elder, with the Minneapolis Police Department.

Investigators learned the person of interest fled the school after reviewing surveillance footage. It is unknown how long he was in the school.

Students were released and reunited with their families by 7 p.m.



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