PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Police in Plymouth are searching for up to eight people in connection to a shooting Wednesday morning that put several schools on lockdown.
At least one person was arrested but later released after police determined that while that individual was at the shooting, he did not fire the shots.
A source tells Boston 25 News two more guns involved in the shooting were found and one other person is being questioned.
Police were called to the Algonquin Heights apartment complex Wednesday morning after shots were fired. When responders got to the scene, the people ran off, prompting an active shooter response by police.
The situation spread to three different scenes, the second at Walgreens where a gun was found, and a third at a condo complex on Marc Drive, where police believed a person involved was hiding.
Surveillance video from the nearby Walgreens helped authorities find the gun and some clothes left behind.
People sat outside for hours while officers armed with assault rifles worked with the K-9 unit and SWAT teams to make an arrest.
Police now believe the shooting was not random, although they're telling the public there is no safety threat.
The police chief says they now have names of two of the eight suspects they are searching for. They're asking anyone with information to give them a call.
Plymouth Public Schools sent out a statement about seven schools in "stay in place."
"We had to go into lockdown, and stay in our classrooms," said Josh Val, a student. "We finished the PSAT, and our principal said to stay [in place]."
The superintendent later sent out an updated letter on the situation:
This morning we were notified by the Plymouth Police Department on an active shooter in the area of Algonquin Heights and Marc Drive. The Plymouth Police Department recommended the following schools be put in a stay-in-place due to their close proximity to the situation: PNHS, PCIS, PECC, HES, CSES, NMES, and WES. Federal Furnace Elementary was not included in the original recommendation but after further review we called a stay-in-place there as well.
Throughout the entire situation there was no direct threat to any of our schools. In addition, the Plymouth Police Department had officers in the vicinity of all schools who were in stay-in-place as further precaution. We did not allow anyone to enter or exit our buildings during this situation. We understand this was an inconvenience but necessary to ensure student and staff safety.
Thank you to the Plymouth Police Department for their communication and swift response to this emergency situation.
Gary E Maestas, Ed.D.
Police say this is an active and ongoing investigation.
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