Lockdown lifted at Austin High School

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - UPDATE:

EPISD PD have lifted the lockdown at Austin High School around noon today after they were unable to locate the suspect who was identified as the person who allegedly came onto campus with a weapon.

Parents will be allowed to pick up their children at school, but students may also choose to stay in class. EPISD PD will have an increased presence at the school for the rest of Thursday and Friday.

EARLIER:

El Paso ISD spokesman Gustavo Reveles has confirmed that Austin High School is currently on lockdown after a person with a gun was allegedly spotted around the campus area.

NewsChannel 9's Chorus Nylander was on the scene as EPISD Spokesperson Melissa Martinez briefed parents who were waiting nearby. According to Martinez, a suspect was spotted on campus surveillance footage with a weapon. School officials do not believe that he is still on campus.

No one is currently allowed in or out of the campus and district officials are asking that people stay away from the campus as no one will be allowed to leave or enter the school until the lockdown is lifted.

EPISD Police along with EPPD are both patrolling the area in search of the man who was allegedly spotted inside the school. Homeland Security was also called in to assist with their air support unit. Two helicopters have been seen circling the school. So far, they have been unable to locate anyone.

District officials have issued a statement stressing that the campus is safe and secure at this time.

This is a developing story, NewsChannel 9 will update as additional information becomes available.Chorus Nylander will have a full report at noon.


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