PILSEN — A Pilsen elementary school was briefly put on lockdown after shots were fired nearby Thursday afternoon during recess, the school's principal confirmed.
At about 2 p.m. Thursday, shots were fired near 17th Street and Wolcott Avenue behind Orozco Community Academy. Principal Efrain Martinez was supervising 50 children during recess on the school's playground, and after he heard shots fired, he escorted the children back into the school building.
No students were injured in the incident, Martinez said, but the school was put on lockdown for 20-25 minutes as police arrived on the scene.
Police could not confirm details about the incident, including whether anyone else was injured, Thursday afternoon.
"I saw the guys and pulled [the children] inside immediately," Martinez said. A shooting has never occurred nearby during school hours in his time as principal, he said.
Martinez subsequently sent a letter home explaining that there was a shooting nearby, but no students were hurt.
The shooting did not affect school dismissal time Thursday.
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