Report of possible gunshots in Austin, Sumner briefly on lockdown

(ABC 6 News) – The Austin Police Department is investigating after a report of possible gunshots being fired was made Thursday afternoon.

Police said the report was made just before 1 p.m. in the 600 block of 9th St NW. Responding officers did not locate any damage, victims or shell casings.

Officers spoke with witnesses who heard something but have not spoken with anyone who may have seen what happened.

Police said Sumner Elementary was placed on a brief lockdown.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Austin Police Department.

The message below was sent to families by APS.

Good Afternoon:

This afternoon, an incident involving gunfire in the community occurred near Sumner Elementary School, which immediately went into a short-term lockdown. We cooperated and worked closely with law enforcement which assisted during the situation.

At this time, we have met with local law enforcement, and they have determined the incident is of low risk to Sumner, and the school has returned to normal operations. Resources will be available to respond to students and parents as needed.

Here at Austin Public Schools, our priority is the safety and well-being of our students, their families, and our staff. Each of our schools has established a safety plan and lockdown procedures that contribute to maintaining a safe learning environment for our students. In the wake of this incident and part of our practice, school personnel will review those plans and continue our ongoing relationship with law enforcement to ensure we do everything we can to maintain the safety and security of our schools.


Dr. Joey Page, Superintendent