Lockdown at Metzger Middle School lifted after shots fired near campus

SAN ANTONIO – The sound of gunshots on the Northeast Side Tuesday morning forced a full lockdown at a middle school and a perimeter lockdown at two elementary schools in the area, Judson ISD officials said.

Bexar County sheriff’s deputies and Judson ISD police were called to the 7400 block of Binz Engleman Road for reports of a shooting close to the middle school just before 9 a.m.

A woman who reported hearing the first shots said she thought the shots were fired by a man she described as wearing overalls without a shirt underneath.

A spokesperson with BCSO said after deputies arrived on the scene, there were additional gunshots heard north of the campus.

Metzger Middle School was put on full lockdown and nearby Escondido Elementary and Woodlake Elementary were put on perimeter lockdowns shortly after the incident.

BCSO K-9 deputies and mounted patrol assisted other deputies and officers who were searching the area on foot and in cars.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said there is an area nearby that is frequented by dove hunters and deputies found a hunter nearby who said he did fire his gun Tuesday morning. It’s still uncertain whether the shots were some of the ones heard by deputies.

Deputies also made contact with a man who was walking in the greenbelt. Salazar said it’s too early to determine whether he was involved in a shooting. No weapon was found.

The lockdowns at the schools were lifted around lunchtime, but Salazar said BSCO would maintain a higher presence near the middle school on Tuesday.

“At this point, I don’t believe there is any continuing threat,” Salazar said.

No injuries were reported.

Watch an update from Sheriff Javier Salazar and JISD Deputy Superintendent of Administration & Operations Milton R. Fields:

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