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Police: False alarm led to lockdown at Potomac High School

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OXON HILL, Md. - Prince George's County police say reports of a shooting prompted a lockdown at Potomac High School on Wednesday morning, but they now say it was a false alarm. 

Investigators say they got a call at 9:20 p.m. about a shooting on Southview Drive in Oxon Hill, which is near the school.  The caller told police they saw two suspects headed toward the school, and that's when the school was put on lockdown.   Around the same time, a student texted a family member and mentioned the lockdown, and said there might be a gunman on campus. 

Because of the call, officers were immediately sent to the school.  They went inside in search of the alleged gunman, and police say based on the preliminary information, they narrowed their search to two classrooms.  Officers patted down students inside those classrooms, checking for possible weapons.  Nothing was found. 

According to police, there is no information that verifies the reported shooting ever actually took place.  By 11 a.m., the lockdown had been lifted.  They say the original call is under investigation.


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