Person of interest identified in false active shooter report at Moody Middle

Person of interest identified in shooter hoax

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - Henrico police say there are no signs of an active shooter at Moody Middle School after receiving a call via text to 911.

“There has been no active shooter located, and there have been no injuries to any students," explained Lt. Matthew Pecka. "We want to reiterate, no injuries to any students.”

Parents rush to check on their children

According to school officials, Henrico police have completed their search of the school.

“The school is considered safe. Classroom instruction will continue in ‘lock and teach’ until the normal end of the school day,” said Andy Jenks.

Police were called to the school along Woodman Road on Monday morning.

Police say no active shooter has been located at Moody Middle School

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Officers cleared the school by going door-by-door to ensure everyone’s safety.

“We do take these calls very seriously, hence the large police presence and first responder partners you see here today," Lt. Pecka, explained.

Students remained in their classrooms in a “lock and teach” mode while police completed their search, authorities said.

Police completed their search just before 1:30 p.m. and found no evidence of a shooting.

“The goal is that everyone goes home safe," Lt. Pecka said.

“However, at this time, there is no evidence of an actual active shooter, and no evidence that our students are in harm’s way,” schools said in a release.

Students who use bus transportation can still ride the bus home as they normally would. And parents are being allowed to pick their child up early if they wish.

After-school activities for Moody Middle School were also canceled for the day.

Around 4:30 p.m., police tweeted that they identified a person of interest in the fake 911 report.

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