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Police: Leopold Elementary School goes on lockdown following shots fired in area

Incident is not directly related to school

MADISON, Wis. - Leopold Elementary School went on lockdown Wednesday following reports of shots fired near the school, according to officials from the Fitchburg Police Department. 

Police responded to reports of shots fired at the intersection of Leopold Way and Post Road around 12:40 p.m.

Multiple witnesses reported that a man was driving north on Leopold Way and fired three or four rounds at the intersection on Post Road. The vehicle had left the area by the time officials responded, but shell casings were found on the road. 

The vehicle was described as a dark-colored Chevy Malibu or Impala. No one was injured and there was no property damage, officials said. 

Officials do not believe there is any immediate danger to the public and said the incident is not directly related to the elementary school.

Principal Karine Sloan sent a letter to parents addressing the safety precautions the school took as a result of the outside threat. 

Students were immediately brought in from recess, all outdoor activities were canceled, doors remained locked, staff member monitored the main entrance, signs were posted on each entrance explaining the safety precautions and staff members worked with police. 

Students and staff continued class and normal daily activity, according to Sloan. The safety precautions lasted about 30 minutes. 

"Our staff and students did an excellent job following directions and ensuring a smooth continuation of our day," Sloan said in the letter. "Although we would hope to never have these kinds of events unfold in our community and affect our school day, we are glad that we could work together as a community to continue a normal school day."

The investigation of the shots fired incident is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fitchburg Police Department at 608-270-4300. 


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