MENTONE – Shots fired at an area high school campus late Sunday night brought San Bernardino County deputies.
No arrests were made at the event which had not been sanctioned by the school, a campus official told law enforcement officers. They responded to a call at 10:38 p.m. to reports that three gunshots apparently had been fired.
Some 200 students were camping in the quad area at Redlands East Valley High School, which is located in the 31000 block at East Colton Ave. They were taking part in an overnight campout, an event that Principal John Maloney said was not authorized by school officials.
Deputies from nearby Yucaipa Sheriff’s substation and Redlands city police responded, locked down the enclosed campus, eventually searching the school for the shooters. No injuries were reported and deputies began releasing students to their families just after midnight.
Investigators said students were camping in the enclosed quad area when several people that were not REV students entered the area. When the non-students were told to leave, an argument developed.
Eventually, they got into their car – described as a dark gray or black Lexus sedan – and one fired three shots into the air, according to deputies. Those non-students were not yet identified by authorities.
Due to the prank mentality of the unauthorized campout, there were no school officials present, according to authorities.
Authorities are continuing their investigation.
Redlands Daily Facts: Redlands East Valley High School prank turns into shooting