An elementary school in unincorporated Naperville was on lockdown for several hours early this morning after reports of shots being fired during a home invasion in a nearby neighborhood, Chicago Tribune reports.
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A text message, voicemail and email were sent to Steeple Run Elementary school parents alerting them to keep their children inside shortly before 7 a.m. when the police activity occurred. The lockdown at Steeple Run was lifted at 9:45 a.m. once the area was deemed safe, Naperville School District 203 Director of Communications Susan Rice said.
“Never at anytime was there an individual on school premises,” Rice said.
The district was notified by the DuPage County Sheriff's office regarding the home invasion shortly before 7 a.m. Police told the district they were searching for an armed suspect and the school was then placed on lockdown.
"School had not begun, but students were being picked up by the school buses," she said. "The school buses were then diverted to Kennedy Junior High."
The home invasion was reported in the Steeple Run subdivision in unincorporated Naperville after a man told police someone broke into his home. The intruder escaped after the homeowner fired at him, according to ABC 7.
Rice said students were back in school by 9:45 a.m. after police thoroughly searched the school and deemed the area safe.
A DuPage County Sheriff's office spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.