'Shots fired' call at Kenosha HS was false alarm

Posted at 10:35 PM, Dec 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-04 23:35:23-05

KENOSHA -- Following a week of gun violence in this country, it was a scary night for students and families in Kenosha. 

Reports of shots fired at Indian Trail High School put the school on lockdown, but it turned out it was a false alarm.  Kenosha Police are trying to determine who made a suspected prank 911 call shortly before 6:00 p.m. Friday. Police say it was placed outside the building.  The caller told police an active shooter was inside Indian Trail High School, claiming they heard a gun go off and then hung up.

A Junior Varsity basketball game was underway at the time.  There were a couple hundred people inside the school.  When Kenosha Police arrived they put the school on lockdown. 

For the most part, students and families were in the gymnasium and locker room.  A spokesperson for Kenosha Unified Schools says it took officers about 30 minutes to determine there wasn't a shooter in the building.

"Indian Trail is a very large building and they did it very quickly. We're extremely thankful for the quick response of our Kenosha Police Department and for their swiftness in order to get through and make sure our students and staff are safe," explained Tanya Ruder, Executive Director of Media Relations with Kenosha Unified Schools.

The school made the call to end the JV game and cancel the varsity game.

Police aren't sure how long it will take to track down the caller.