Reports of active shooters in California schools spur investigations

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On Wednesday, police were investigating a series of reports of active shooters or threats against several California schools.

Authorities were working to confirm whether shootings had indeed taken place in the schools, although some reports were quickly deemed false.

Shootings, closures or evacuations were reported at Lancaster High School in Antelope Valley, Mater Dei Catholic High School in Chula Vista, Gibson Elementary and Bullard High School in Fresno and Santa Rosa High School.

The Santa Barbara Police Department tweeted that reports of an active shooter at Bishop Diego High School are false. “No evidence of an incident,” the tweet said and all students are safe and accounted for. The false report is being investigated.

In Chula Vista, Mater Dei High School was taken into custody after a single caller reported an active shooter on campus. Officers arrived at the secondary school shortly afterwards, as well as at the nearby Veterans’ Primary School.

Just before 2 p.m., Chula Vista police confirmed via Twitter that the schools were safe and the reported threat was not credible.

The Fresno Police Department received a similar call shortly before noon Wednesday. Police arrived at Gibson Elementary and Bullard High School within minutes, said Bill Dooley, a police department spokesman.

“They hit Madera yesterday and they hit us today,” Dooley said. “The investigation is still ongoing and we are working with local, state and federal departments to see if we can trace who the individual is.”

Dooley added that other reports have come out across the country, including in Florida, Texas and California.

Reports of an active shooter were also deemed a hoax at Hollywood High School on Tuesday. The Los Angeles School Police had received a report from the Los Angeles Police Department at 9:43 a.m. of one active shooter and six fatalities, according to school police spokeswoman Lt. Nina Buranasombati.

Authorities confirmed the report stemmed from a fraudulent 911 call.

Law enforcement sources told The Times that while investigations are ongoing, information gathered so far shows a link between a dozen reports at schools in California and Texas in recent days.

Officials in other jurisdictions could not immediately be reached for comment.

This is breaking news and will be updated.

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