Melrose Park high school locked down after shots fired nearby

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(MELROSE PARK) A private school in west suburban Melrose Park was placed on lockdown for about half an hour Thursday morning after shots were fired nearby.

Witnesses heard gunshots coming from at least one vehicle in the 800 block of 11th Avenue at 11:35 a.m., according to Melrose Park police. No one was injured and no shell casings have been found.

A vehicle matching the description of one of the vehicles was found in Maywood and is being processed for evidence. A juvenile is being questioned, according to police.

Nearby schools, including Walther Christian Academy at 900 Chicago Ave., were placed on a soft lockdown for precautionary reasons, according to police.

Princial Jim Craven said the school was on lockdown for about 30 minutes after the shots were fired near the athletic fields, but normal activities resumed early Thursday afternoon.

Police are investigating. Anyone with information should call (708) 344-8409.

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