Police investigating shots fired outside of Central Falls High School

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I (WLNE) – Central Falls Police are investigating after reports of shots fired outside of Central Falls High School Wednesday morning.

Officers responded around 10:15 a.m. to the corner of Illinois Street and Summer Street. They said a witness saw three male suspects disperse after the shots were fired, fleeing in different directions.

Two suspects ran South on Illinois Street and then West on Rand Street, while the third ran East on Summer Street and then south on Washington Street.

“I was in the middle of midterms doing my math, next thing I know I hear about 4 or 5 gunshots, and then we seen two kids running down the street and then we went into a hard lockdown,” said Adam Craige, a junior.

Central Falls High School was placed on lockdown for nearly an hour. Students were set to be released early due to exams but were kept inside a half-hour longer.

Parents waited outside, many receiving a phone call from the school that there was a shooting and the building is on lockdown.

“I get a message from my son that says, hey, dad, I’m not gonna be home there’s been a shooting in the area. I was terrified. I got up really fast and just jumped in the car, didn’t even let it warm up,” said Luis Perez, parent to a senior.

Students were eventually released at 12 p.m. Many shaken up over what they heard from their classrooms.

“We were all just doing our exams and all we heard were 4 to 5 gunshots. A lot of people were just scared. We went into immediate lockdown,” said Luis Gonzalez, a senior.

Police said they do not yet know of any victims, and do not believe anybody inside the school was a target. 

“The high school and middle school were placed on lockdown until the incident could be investigated. At this time we do not believe that the schools or anyone inside were a target,” Central Falls Police said in a press release.

Anybody with information is urged to contact Det. Jeff Araujo at 401-616-2516 or jaraujo@cfpd.centralfallsri.gov.

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