TURLOCK -- Before officers searching for a possible shooter learned no shots had been fired, six Turlock Unified School District sites were placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon.
Police said they were at Turlock High School for reports of gunfire nearby.
We do have a lockdown at THS. Reports of shots being fired nearby. We have been unable to confirm that. There are no known injuries and no evidence of shots being fired located. TPD are clearing the school to ensure safety of students and staff.
— Turlock Police Dept. (@turlockpolice) September 10, 2019
The district asked people not to show up at several schools and school offices that were in lockdown.
— Turlock USD (@TurlockUSD) September 10, 2019
Police later reported there had not been any gunfire and no one had been injured.
Turlock Police Sgt. Russ Holeman reports a school resource officer heard on a school radio that a shooter was on campus. Investigators believe someone got a hold of a radio and took advantage of the situation.
He said the incident was a strain on resources as every police officer in the city responded, along with emergency responders from other agencies.
Officers with rifles also worried parents as the campus was in lockdown. They described the panic before the relief.
“I wanted to vomit,” said parent Bobbie Carne. “That was like the scariest thing ever to go through right now, it was horrible. Like I have never, ever had to like deal with that feeling so much."
"I really didn't want to get shot. It was kind of … it kind of didn't seem real at first, like somebody was playing a joke,” said student Brenden Carne. “Then everybody started running and dropping backpacks and so that's when everybody started taking it seriously."
Sgt. Holeman told FOX40 whoever pulled this prank will face serious consequences.