School Officials: Shots Fired Might Have Been Prank

School Officials: Shots Fired Might Have Been Prank

MENTONE – Shots fired at an area high school campus late Sunday night brought San Bernardino County deputies, but the reported shots may have been a prank.

No arrests were made at the event, which had not been sanctioned by the school, a campus official told law enforcement officers that had responded to three gunshots apparently fired into the air.
No one saw a gun, according to reports and there were no bullet casings found at the scene by law enforcement.

Students camping in the quad area at Redlands East Valley High School, an event that was unknown to school officials, called San Bernardino County deputies at 10:38 p.m. when those shots were fired.
Some 200 students were at the 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 three people not associated with 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 reports made to deputies. Those non-students were not yet identified by authorities. Students, it was reported, were cooperative.

Due to the prank mentality of the unauthorized campout, there were no school officials present, according to authorities. According to school officials, there was no evidence that shots were fired despite what has come out in media reports.

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