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NOVATO – Shortly after 6pm on Wednesday, May 26, Novato Police Department (NPD) issued a “Shelter In Place” Advisory for the general public. NPD was actively investigating a stabbing and a shooting in the vicinity of Fairway Drive and St. Andrews Drive. The advisory was lifted three hours later.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) had assumed responsibility for the investigation as the crime had occurred within their jurisdiction.
Two victims were found in an open space area located on the perimeter of a country club community. One was found fatally shot and the other had been shot and stabbed and was taken to the hospital in serious condition. The MCSO described the suspects as three Hispanic males, and the victims were said to be students at nearby Novato High School.
Parents were notified that school would be suspended on Thursday, May 26, because of the incident. The principal stated that student safety and the uncertainty around the incident were the reasons for the closure.
Shortly after 2pm on Thursday, May 26th, another “Shelter In Place” Advisory was issued by NPD in the vicinity of Rowland Boulevard and Novato Boulevard South.
An hour later the Advisory was lifted but approximately 30 minutes later another “Shelter In Place” Advisory was issued in the vicinity of Leafwood Drive and Sunset Parkway and approximately an hour later this Advisory was also lifted.
It was later learned that each of the advisories were police actions involving NPD SWAT Officers and MCSO Deputies. Each of the raids netted a suspect in connection with the crimes of the previous day. Both suspects are 17 years old and all of the suspects are also students at Novato High School. The third suspect remains at large and the investigation is ongoing at this time.