Dr. Maya Angelou Community H.S. Locked Down During Police Investigation Near Campus

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Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School in South Los Angeles was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning while police investigated a possible shooting reported near the campus.

Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School was placed on lockdown during a police investigation on Sept. 29, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School was placed on lockdown during a police investigation on Sept. 29, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A shots fired call was reported about 8:21 a.m. near the intersection of East 52nd Street and Towne Avenue (map), the Los Angeles Police Department’s media relations department confirmed.

School police heard what they believed were five gunshots in front of the school, according to Cmdr. Andrew Smith of the Police Department.

Authorities found a possible victim with an abrasion on his back, but the injury was inconsistent with a gunshot wound, according to Cheron Bartee with the Los Angeles School Police Department.

The injured man, who was described as a gang member, was hostile and refused to answer any questions, Bartee said.

At about 9 a.m., aerial video from Sky5 showed two people being detained by authorities outside the school.

Bartee confirmed two people were being questioned, but said that no arrests had been made.

No weapons or bullet casings were found during the investigation, according to Bartee.

Authorities have been unable to find any evidence that shots were actually fired, Smith said.

During the investigation, which took place off campus, the high school was placed on lockdown as a precaution, the Los Angeles School Police Department tweeted.

Students and staff were not impacted by the incident, according to school police.

KTLA’s Alberto Mendez and Steve Bien contributed to this report. 

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