WFISD and WFPD teamwork keeps students safe

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Newschannel 6 learned more about the procedures Wichita Falls law enforcement takes when there is a shooting or a violent crime near a school on Friday.

A gunman shot a man near two Wichita Falls ISD schools on Thursday.

The shooting near Wichita Falls High School and Zundy Elementary sent one man to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the schools on lockdown.

WFPD received the call of the shooting around the same time when both schools were about to let out.

"We did have teachers and we did have teachers and we did have students outdoors but we our local law enforcement is wonderful and they told us there was a situation," Ashley Thomas WFISD Communications Officer said.

School staff brought everyone inside. The doors were locked and no one was allowed in or out of the building during the lockdown. Parents were then informed of the situation.

"[During a high-risk situation] we'll send multiple officers and begin to converge on the area," WFPD Sergeant Harold McClure said.

Police create a perimeter and the size of it depends on whether the suspect is on foot or in a vehicle.

"We did have officers respond to Zundy as well as Old High to make sure there is not any kind of threats in the schools," Sgt. McClure said.

To protect their students WFISD teachers follow a step by step flip chart for every emergency situation, including a shooting inside or outside the school. They are in every classroom.

Police gave the all clear when they realized there was no threat to the schools and the school ended the lockdown and informed parents.

"Everything that happened yesterday according to what our procedures are in that kind of situation," Thomas said.

WFPD officials tell us they believe the shooter and the suspect "know each other." Police are still looking for the suspect... 
If you have any information about where the shooter is you should call crime stoppers of Wichita Falls (940) 322-9888.

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