According to the Lyon County Sheriff Deputies at the scene, a man was shooting and using targets as practice in an area behind Fernley High School early this morning. Witnesses heard shots fired and Fernley High School was placed on a Code Red Lockdown.
Law enforcement eventually located the subject with the gun, but said that there was never a threat to the high school at any time. The male subject was never arrested and was never on school property. He was questioned and then released.
The Code Red lockdown has been lifted and Deputies say everything is back to normal.
The Lyon County Sheriff's Office is saying that a young adult walking towards a nearby riffle range may be the individual deputies are looking for. Sheriff Deputies are currently trying to track down the individual and they say that so far, it looks like this has nothing to do with Fernley High School, but that they are hoping to lift the lockdown soon, once they can confirm that the individual heading to the riffle range was the one they're looking for.
UPDATE --9:15 a.m.
Lyon County Sheriff Deputies are being assisted by members of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office and Nevada Highway Patrol, in checking the area around Fernley High School where a white male adult was last seen in the area with what looked to be a long gun early this morning.
According to Undersheriff Joe Sanford, the white male subject was last seen a half mile away from the school near Walnut and Royal Oaks St. Witnesses say he was walking in a direction away from the school and was wearing black clothing.
Lyon County Deputies are currently clearing the school to ensure students are in no harm and are hoping to downgrade to code yellow in the next half hour. Sanford says that deputies have not found the individual in the area.
According to the Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Fernley High School is on Code Red Lockdown due to a suspicious subject seen in the area.
A male suspect with dark clothing and a backpack was seen early this morning near Walmart in Fernley with what a witness said was a gun. Shortly after, it was reported that same person was seen again in the area of Fernley High School, prompting the Lyon County Sheriff's Office to inform the school, and the school went on a Code Red Lockdown as a precaution.
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