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Person with gunshot wounds shows up at Mead Valley school seeking medical help

By in Press Enterprise on February 8, 2018

By Gail Wesson

A person suffering from gunshot wounds drove into an elementary school parking lot in Mead Valley seeking medical assistance Wednesday morning, Feb. 7, after children were already in classrooms, according to a Val Verde Unified School District news release.

The vehicle stopped in the handicapped parking area and Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies and emergency medical personnel quickly responded to the 8 a.m. call at Columbia Elementary School in the 21300 block of Rider Street just west of Clark Street in Mead Valley.

School staff and students were not in any danger, according to the news release. “We did not go to lock down or shelter in place today. There was no need for it,” District Chief of Police Mark Clark said by phone.

Students already were in their classrooms or in an assembly at the time. Some parents were arriving for the assembly, but were directed away from the scene and to the campus.

Sheriff’s officials did not immediately provide information about the circumstances of the shooting.

Clark said the person was transported for medical attention and sheriff’s personnel processed the vehicle for evidence.

District officials requested a counseling team to come to the school site, but Clark said there were no requests for services.

Clark said parents were contacted via “parent link” and the Blackboard phone system when the incident was first reported then updated when the scene was cleared. The district also will follow up with a letter to parents.

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