Sound of 'gunfire' leads to lockdown at Haltom City elementary



Posted on December 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 18 at 1:56 PM

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HALTOM CITY - A Haltom City elementary school was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning after a student reported hearing the possible sound of gunfire just before 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the school.

Upon hearing the report, officials at Birdville Elementary, located in the 3100 block of Bewley Street, called authorities and placed the school of lockdown, which was lifted over an hour later after authorities searched the campus and surrounding areas.

Mark Thomas, a spokesman with the Birdville Independent School District, said a parent came forward saying his truck backfired in the parking lot around the same time the child heard the loud noise.

At the time of the lockdown, some concerned parents went to the school and picked up their children.

"It's hard already," said David Brazil as he picked up his young daughter in the morning. "Everything that's going on this close to Christmas, the last thing you want to see is see a loved one hurt, especially my child."

Another parent eager to take her child home was Amy Carrillo.

"I just want to know my kids are safe with me at home from everything that's going on now," she said. " I just want to make sure they're okay."

In a statement released by the district just before noon, Thomas said parents could bring their children back to finish the remainder of the school day. Roughly 400 students are enrolled at Birdville Elementary school.