“Soft lockdown” at nearby elementary school

WEBSTER — Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who reportedly fired a gun less than one mile from two elementary schools on Wednesday morning.

The Webster Police Department is looking for a white or light-skinned male, about 5’8″ to 6′ tall, last seen wearing a black-hooded parka-style jacket and dark-colored pants and sneakers.

It was approximately 7:30 a.m. when Webster Police received a report of gunshots on Robinson Street. According to a statement issued by the Webster Police, a brief investigation led authorities to the back of a multifamily home at 69 Lake Street, near the corner of Lake and Robinson streets, which had been struck twice by two shots. Police said they “secured the street” and called the Ballistics Section of the Massachusetts State Police to assist in processing the scene.

As police responded, authorities “were relatively certain that the suspect was not in the area,” but took steps to alert two elementary schools in the immediate vicinity of the shooting. Police said Saint Joseph’s School on Whitcomb Street, just a half-mile from the site of the gunfire, was placed in a “soft lockdown,” with classes continuing while access to and from the parochial school was “limited.” Park Avenue Elementary School, less than a mile from the corner of Lake and Robinson streets, was also “advised of the situation,” though police did not divulge what precautions, if any, were taken in that building. Police noted that once authorities had “cleared the immediate area, schools were notified that it was safe to resume normal activities for the day.”

Police said no injuries have been reported or believed to have occurred as a result of the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Webster Police Department at 508-943-1212. Anonymous tips can be left at www.websterpolice.com and 508-949-3874.

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